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Understanding the difference culture makes

We are building a shared understanding of the differences that arts, culture, heritage and screen make to people’s lives and to society. We want cultural policy and practice to be based on rigorous research and evaluation of what works and what needs to change.

Aesop Arts & Health conference, Southbank Centre. Photo: Helen Murray

Working together

We invite you to join a movement to help us better understand the role that culture plays in our lives. You might be thinking about how you can better evaluate the impact of your work, or how you can use research insights and critical reflection in your practice. Keep in touch to hear about resources, events and opportunities to shape our research and get involved.

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Three Tables, Tim Etchells, Tate Exchange. Photo courtesy of the Tate.

Collaborate fund now open for academic researchers

We are now accepting Expressions of Interest from academic researchers for our Collaborate fund. Find out more about how to apply and the projects you could be partnering with.
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Dr Robyn Dowlen recording the Reflecting Value podcast

Reflecting Value – call out for a co-created episode

Call for podcast episode partner - we want to co-create an episode of the podcast which is centred on the ways in which people have engaged with creativity and culture during the pandemic. Deadline 30 November.
Photo showing group of performers of mixed ages on stage, many holding their arms above their heads with a screen showing a photo of a hand in the background
Orchestras Live, The Lost Letters with Britten Sinfonia at Saffron Hall. Photo: Paul Bellany

The E word – why we’re talking about evaluation

To mark the launch of our co-created Evaluation principles, Ben Walmsley, Anne Torregiani and Oliver Mantell share the essence of the principles and explain why co-creation was central to their development.
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Slung Low, Flood Part 4. Image: Malcolm Johnson

Sharing learning: Slung Low – Flood

Case studies
In this case study, members from Slung Low discuss the challenges they faced in taking on their biggest outdoor project to date, Flood ...
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Fusion Programme, Swansea 2019. Photo: Amina Abu-Shahba

Research digest: Young people’s mental health

In recent years there’s been in increased interest in the role arts and culture can play in the mental health and wellbeing of children and young people. Our latest research digest considers the evidence of positive impacts and identifies whether there any gaps in the current research? ...
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Dance to Health Norwich. Photo: Becky Demmen

How to… co-create an evaluation

Co-creation is a term we may hear a lot, but an evaluation of your project that is genuinely co-created can be really powerful. This guide from Mark Robinson of Thinking Practice will help you think about how every stage of your evaluation process, from planning to action to review, can ...

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