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Researching audiences at outdoor events and festivals

The toolkit and guidelines for audiences at outdoor events and festival aim to provide a framework to measuring and evidencing the impact of an outdoor event. The guidelines provide practical advice for audience research at un-ticketed cultural festivals and other events in the following sections: research principles, data collection methods, evidencing success, estimating audience size, questionnaires and surveys, working ... Read more


Published: 2012 | Resource type: Guide/tools

Gallery research

Results of a pilot shared survey of galleries in the South East, South West, East, East Midlands, London and Wales. Visitors to galleries were asked questions about their age, locality, frequency of attendance, art specialism and art purchasing.


Published: 2011 | Resource type: Research

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Let's Get Real – How to evaluate online success

‘Let’s Get Real’ details the online analytics methodology, research and key findings of a major study into how arts and cultural organisations can evaluate online success. It suggests new ways to plan, invest and collaborate on the development of digital cultural activities. The guide explains how to define what you are trying to do online, ... Read more


Published: 2011 | Resource type: Guide/tools

Creating life-long relationships with museum visitors

An insight into how The Natural History Museum aims to create life-long relationships with its visitors which rely on them being connected with all aspects of the Museum’s work.  For an organisation that has 40 different logos and a complex structure, this is no easy task, and this case study shows you how it can ... Read more


Published: 2007 | Resource type: Case studies

Cultural Impact Study

The impact of the arts in Birmingham

A study to identify the economic contribution of the main arts organisations to the Birmingham economy and the impact they have on the image, profile and perceptions of the city and wider West Midlands region.


Published: 2009 | Resource type: Research

Benchmarking audiences for London contemporary visual arts

Snapshot London: Visual Arts, is a visual arts benchmarking project. The Audience Agency undertook a scoping exercise to establish the amount and nature of audience data being collected and used by London contemporary visual arts organisations, and investigated the most appropriate and cost effective means of supporting these organisations in their ongoing audience research and development ... Read more


Published: 2011 | Resource type: Guide/tools

How the PSA3 target is used to measure under-represented groups

In this article Andrew Lewis outlines the PSA3 target set by the DCMS, used to measure under-represented groups. He looks at some of the statistical evidence which demonstrates which groups are the least represented in the arts – in terms of both attendance and participation, and reports on some of the known barriers which organisations ... Read more


Published: 2007 | Resource type: article

Building a value framework to assess the success of cultural projects

Learn how the Barbican’s marketing director, working together with the artistic director and financial director, created a Value Framework model for the venue. Designed to assess artistic projects across a variety of measures, some financial, some relating to audience development, some relating to environmental issues, this model enabled the Barbican to attach a real value ... Read more


Published: 2008 | Resource type: Guide/tools

Lessons for the arts to adapt and remain resilient under pressure

This substantial report looks at theories behind a ‘resilient, adaptive ecology’ and applies them to the arts ecology at a time of increasing funding stress and change for nearly all arts organisation. It aims to: • explore the relevance of resilience thinking to the arts • suggest a basic or simplified hypothetical version of an ... Read more


Published: 2010 | Resource type: Research