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How to… develop a research question

Are there issues or challenges you face as an organisation? Are you or do you aspire to be a learning organisation? Could research help you develop a better understanding of the cultural value of your work? If you answer yes to any of these, this guide will help you develop the research questions that structure ... Read more

Published: 2021 | Resource type: Guide/tools

My essential reads: cultural value and place

Are you thinking about the role of culture and place? Are you interested in evaluation practices and definitions of ‘success’ for culture-based place development? Franco Bianchini shares six recommended reads to help you explore the complexities of this area of research and practice.

Published: 2020 | Resource type: Essential reads

Webinar: What is the value of online cultural engagement?

What does meaningful digital engagement look like and does it change the way we value culture? What can we learn from organisations that have found different ways to engage with audiences and communities, and what is emerging research telling us about new ways of creating value?

Published: 2020 | Resource type: Webinars and films

Webinar: Who and what is evaluation for? And when is it useful?

Why do we evaluate our work and who do we do it for? Is it to meet the expectations of funders and stakeholders or to assess a project’s success and capture the difference it makes? And are we missing a trick if we don’t use evaluation as an opportunity to enhance our practice and deepen ... Read more

Published: 2020 | Resource type: Webinars and films

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Webinar: Whose cultural values?

Does everyone place a value on culture and if so, do they value it in the same way? And do people get the opportunity to engage in what they value most? This online discussion brings together contributors whose work is reshaping cultural value in the UK.

Published: 2020 | Resource type: Webinars and films

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My essential reads: understanding audiences

When we think about audience research, are we hoping to engage people who are new to the arts, deepen the experience of those who already attend, or demonstrate the cultural value of live arts events? Stephanie Pitts shares four recommended reads to help deepen your understanding of audiences and audience research.

Published: 2020 | Resource type: Essential reads

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My essential reads: co-creating value though audience engagement

How can cultural value be co-created with audiences in a democratic and collaborative way? Ben Walmsley shares seven recommended reads with ideas from leading practitioners and researchers.

Published: 2020 | Resource type: Essential reads

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My essential reads: cultural democracy

What is cultural democracy and how have ideas about cultural democracy – from the radical to the pragmatic – influenced policy and practise? David Stevenson shares seven recommended reads on cultural democracy and challenges you to think about how cultural participation is understood and supported in the UK.    

Published: 2020 | Resource type: Essential reads

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Webinar: international cultural policy responses to Covid-19

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.

Published: 2020 | Resource type: Webinars and films

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My essential reads: value(s) in cultural participation

Are you thinking about participation and the different values we all bring to our experience of culture? Here are six recommended reads that will help you explore the different meanings people give to ‘participation’ and how this affects the approaches we might take.

Published: 2020 | Resource type: Essential reads

What is your core purpose?

In this article, which was originally published in Arts Professional, Michelle Wright from Cause4 asks the question: are vision, mission and values at the heart of good cultural fundraising? Michelle explains why arts organisations need to be clear about their fundamental purpose; that vision, mission and purpose states the organisation’s essence, character and direction.

Published: 2015 | Resource type: article

Regeneration through cultural investment

Twenty years ago Salford City Council had the ambitious plan to regenerate a working dock and The Lowry project was born. This area is now one of the most significant cultural and media destinations in the world and the fastest growing visitor destination in the UK. In this article, Julia Fawcett discusses The Lowry’s impact ... Read more

Published: 2014 | Resource type: article

Cultural tourism and its effect on Britain

Cultural tourism is able to deliver things which few other sectors can. It brings our country to life and encourages people to visit our shores, it develops a sense of community and attracts visitors to disparate parts of our nation. It cultivates the creativity that underpins our wider industrial efforts. Jonathan Mountford takes a look ... Read more

Published: 2013 | Resource type: article

Measuring intrinsic value

Measuring the intrinsic value of culture

This paper argues that the reluctance to use rigorous economic methods has hindered, rather than helped, the case for the arts. It seeks to demonstrate how economics can provide the tools to ‘measure’ and validate the intrinsic value of art.

Published: 2009 | Resource type: article

How to understand and communicate the value of your programmes

Can you say what value your organisation adds to people’s lives?  How do you use that knowledge strategically to build lasting relationships with audience members? How we think about and talk about the art we produce has a direct impact on the levels of support we can expect from our audiences; here we find out ... Read more

Published: 2007 | Resource type: Case studies

Why we must measure cultural value economically

For the arts to be in receipt of public money, so it must be economically accountable for what it spends. This keynote speech delivers, in no uncertain terms, why the cultural sector must be come better at measuring its worth including its monetary value for funders, and furthermore the public.  

Published: 2012 | Resource type: article