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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.

A Beauty Project Lab book open on two pages. One page has yellow and pink circles and writing by a research participant. The other page is green with the word Beauty.
The Beauty Project. Photo by Lisa Mattocks.

Revealing the beauty of using lab books for audience research

The collaborative research team behind The Beauty Project assess the value and challenges of collecting audience reflections offline.
Three young people sat at a table in a gallery setting. They are doing a craft activity twisting together lengths of fabric

The joy of doing: what we know about everyday creativity and how to support it

Read more about a new Arts Council England resource, produced by the Centre of Cultural Value and The Audience Agency, that helps cultural organisations interested in supporting everyday creativity.
Three people sat at a table with laptops and notebooks, laughing together

Centre for Cultural Value to launch free-to-access, online evaluation training

Are you keen to develop evaluation skills and confidence? Find out about our new online course - Evaluation for Arts, Culture and Heritage: Principles and Practice.
Image of three sculptures displayed on top of a green box. The background of colourful fabrics.
We Gather Exhibition at the Crafts Council Gallery, 2021. Vessels sculpture by Francisca Onumah. Photo by Ben Deakin.

How to … amplify diverse voices in research and evaluation

Dr Karen Patel provides practical tips on amplifying diverse voices in cultural sector research and evaluation ...
Part of a large circle of people, of all ages stood together holding hands.
Circle of Trout. Photo © Anthony Schrag

Research digest: The role of the artist in society

What do we know about the role of artists working in socially engaged ways, the value of this work, how they are funded and the different settings they work in? This research digest explores the current evidence base around artists working in socially engaged practices. This can range from artists ...
Culture in Crisis: impacts of Covid-19 on the UK cultural sector and where we go from here
The Lowry in Lockdown. Photo: Nathan Chandler

Culture in Crisis: impacts of Covid-19 on the UK cultural sector and where we go from here

Culture in Crisis shares research findings from one of the world's largest investigations into the impacts of Covid-19 on the cultural industries. The research project was led by the Centre for Cultural Value in collaboration with The Audience Agency and the Creative Industries Policy and Evidence Centre and was supported ...

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