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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
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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.

Impacts of Covid-19: a snapshot from the cultural sector
Tate Families, 20 Days. Photo: Rob Harris

Impacts of Covid-19: a snapshot from the cultural sector

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Karen Gray and John Wright reflect on themes emerging from their case study research examining the impacts of Covid-19 on cultural sector organisations.
Culture-led funding or funding-led culture?
Photo: Joshua Hanson, Unsplash

Culture-led funding or funding-led culture?

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Ben Walmsley and Emma McDowell reflect on what they’re hearing about the research, evaluation and policy needs of the cultural sector and why there's a need for profound shift in our shared understanding of evaluation practice.
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Image: Jason Kerley

Creative commission – exploring cultural value

News
As part of our inaugural festival of ideas online this November, we launched a Creative Commission callout, to engage the artistic community in creating a short film about the value of culture. Here Jason Kerley talks about how he responded to the brief and what culture means to him.
Two women dancing look at each other hands raised
Dance On, Yorkshire Dance. Photo: Sara Teresa

How to…broker a successful academic partnership

Guide/tools
Are you interested in working with academics to create new knowledge and amplify understanding? This guide by Culture Forum North helps you consider the potential benefits of research partnerships with academics and suggests how to initiate and develop these relationships ...
Dancers on a stage performing
British Council. Oona Doherty, Hard to Be Soft. Photo: Luca Truffarelli

Webinar: international cultural policy responses to Covid-19

Webinars and films
How are different countries around the world responding to the impact of Covid-19 on the cultural sector? Hear about different policy interventions to Covid-19 and explore how cultural policy might be reshaped and reimagined in the future ...
Older female audience member in wheelchair dancing to music
Sinfonia Viva, Brentwood. Orchestras Live. Photo: Paul Starr, Essex County Council

Culture on referral

Research
Explore the evidence surrounding culture on referral programmes (also known as arts on prescription) and the implications for cultural sector practitioners and policymakers. This research digest reviews and summarises the academic literature and identifies where there is evidence and where further research is needed ...

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