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Safety concerns and a festive season in risk? Findings from the fourth wave of the Covid-19 participation monitor

As audience concern about increasing Covid cases grows, what does this mean for the festive season? Despite an uptick in people’s general wellbeing and life satisfaction, latest findings show a growing concern amongst audiences about falling ill, and an expectation of further lockdowns, resulting in high numbers of people either not comfortable or not interested ... Read more


Published: 2021 | Resource type: Research

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Covid-19 and the global cultural and creative sector

This report by Anthony Sargent offers a truly global overview of research into the impacts and responses to the Covid-19 crisis.


Published: 2021 | Resource type: Research

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How to… find existing research

In this practical how to guide Dr Robyn Dowlen explains how to search for research that is relevant to your evaluation project, and where to look.


Published: 2021 | Resource type: Guide/tools

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How to… create infographics with impact

Find out how to create effective infographics to summarise your research or evaluation project, in this how-to guide from Nifty Fox.


Published: 2021 | Resource type: Guide/tools

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Digital hybridity: a deep dive from our Covid-19 participation monitor

How are different types of audiences responding to the new ways of engaging with culture that have emerged over the last 18 months? And what does the future of digital or ‘hybrid’ engagement look like? As the sector begins to cautiously reopen, questions remain around audience appetite for continued digital engagement, as well as how ... Read more


Published: 2021 | Resource type: Research

Place matters: Greater Manchester, culture and ‘levelling up’

In this article we examine how values-led partnerships between local government and the cultural sector in Greater Manchester have allowed for a place-based response to the impacts of the pandemic, and what this means for the ‘levelling up’ agenda.


Published: 2021 | Resource type: Research

Beyond likes and retweets: capturing engagement with arts and culture on social media during the pandemic

Using hashtags #CultureInQuarantine and #MuseumAtHome, this article explores how cultural organisations and audiences, freshly locked down at home in early 2020, were finding new ways to engage and interact with each other.


Published: 2021 | Resource type: Research

Impact of Covid-19 on the screen sector workforce in Wales: freelancers

Effaith COVID-19 ar weithlu sector sgrin Cymru: gweithwyr llawrydd Yn yr erthygl hon, rydym yn archwilio’r ffyrdd gwahanol y mae gweithwyr llawrydd y sector sgrin yng Nghymru wedi cael eu heffeithio gan y pandemig, a’u pryderon am y dyfodol. In this article we examine the different ways in which screen sector freelancers based in Wales ... Read more


Published: 2021 | Resource type: Research

Wellbeing and willingness to return: findings from the third wave of the Covid-19 participation monitor

What is the impact on the nation’s wellbeing, and when will audiences be returning?  Despite the vaccine rollout, there remains a hesitancy to return amongst audiences, with a continuing sense of risk to health and only slow rises in cultural engagement. In first findings from the third wave of the Cultural Participation Monitor, The Audience ... Read more


Published: 2021 | Resource type: Research

Webinar: Recovery & renewal: Creative approaches to the Covid crisis

How have cultural organisations responded and adapted to the Covid crisis? What new ways of working have emerged as a result?


Published: 2021 | Resource type: Research

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Fatima’s next job won’t be in cyber: Creative workers and education during the pandemic

In this post, we use the Office for National Statistics (ONS) Labour Force Survey to explore how creative workers responded to the pandemic by developing their qualifications and education.


Published: 2021 | Resource type: Research

Inequality through Covid: findings from the second wave of the Covid-19 participation monitor

Is Covid-19 further exacerbating existing inequalities in cultural engagement?  By now, we know all too well that the pandemic has impacted everyone negatively, but this latest report from The Audience Agency focuses specifically on the inequality of those impacts, asking who is more negatively impacted and looking at how that relates to or exacerbates previously existing ... Read more


Published: 2021 | Resource type: Research

Reflecting Value Ep 1: Bringing two worlds together

The first episode of Reflecting Value explores the ways in which the cultural sector is conveying its value to the health and social care sector.


Published: 2021 | Resource type: Podcasts

Reflecting Value Ep 3: Whose safe spaces?

What barriers to access are we creating when we bring culture, health and research together? And how do we enable a diverse range of people to fully participate in cultural programmes designed to address health and wellbeing needs?


Published: 2021 | Resource type: Podcasts

Willingness to attend: findings from the Covid-19 participation monitor

Which audiences are ready to return?  This report from The Audience Agency shares findings from a nationwide survey, the Cultural Participation Monitor. It is part of a wider national research programme that is building a robust and in-depth picture of the impacts of Covid-19 on the UK’s cultural sector.


Published: 2021 | Resource type: Research

The impact of Covid-19 on jobs in the cultural sector – part 3

What happened to freelancers in 2020? Covid-19 and the creative economy In part 3 of our ‘impact of Covid-19 on jobs in the cultural sector’ series, this article written in March 2021 analyses data from the Labour Force Survey from the Office for National Statistics. It looks at the impact of the pandemic on freelancers ... Read more


Published: 2021 | Resource type: Research

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Research digest: training and development of healthcare students

What is the value of using arts and cultural approaches to train and develop healthcare students? Find out in our research digest.


Published: 2021 | Resource type: Research

Digital engagement: findings from the Covid-19 participation monitor

How are the public engaging in digital creative and cultural activities during the pandemic?


Published: 2021 | Resource type: Research

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The impact of Covid-19 on jobs in the cultural sector – part 2

What are the national and regional differences, and the differences between demographic groups? This article written in February 2021 shares findings from a national research programme that is building an in-depth picture of the impacts of Covid-19 on the UK’s cultural sector. This piece looks at the impacts of the pandemic on employment in the ... Read more


Published: 2021 | Resource type: Research

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