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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

There are growing examples of cultural organisations and practitioners working with healthcare students (including medical, nursing, midwifery, dental students) to help them develop their practice beyond core clinical skills. In this research digest, we assess the evidence for the value of culture in the training and development of healthcare students. The digest reviews and summarises ... Read more


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

Webinar: Culture on referral: sharing our findings

With a growing belief that there is an important role for the arts and culture in supporting people’s health and wellbeing, the Centre for Cultural Value has published a research digest, summarising the evidence surrounding culture on referral and arts on prescription programmes. This online discussion session shares the findings, and opens up the conversation ... Read more


Published: 2020 | Resource type: Webinars and films

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

This article written in January 2021 shares findings from a national research programme that is building a robust and in-depth picture of the impacts of Covid-19 on the UK’s cultural sector. Our initial case study interviews are offering a number of in-depth insights into cultural workers’ experiences during the pandemic and this article brings together ... Read more


Published: 2021 | Resource type: Research

Covid-19 Cultural Participation Monitor: December 2020

This report from The Audience Agency shares findings from a nationwide survey on the public’s views about participating in creative and cultural activities through the pandemic. 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: 2020 | Resource type: Research

Empty theatre seats

The impact of Covid-19 on jobs in the cultural sector – part 1

This article written in December 2020 shares findings from a national research programme that is building a robust and in-depth picture of the impacts of Covid-19 on the UK’s cultural sector. It looks at the impacts of the pandemic on employment in the cultural sector by analysing labour force data from the Office of National ... Read more


Published: 2020 | Resource type: Research

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Sharing learning: Aesop

In this series of learning case studies, cultural practitioners share their reflections and learning honestly, so others can learn from and build on their experience. In this example, Tim Joss from Aesop shares learning from the Dance to Health programme and the role research and evaluation played in the programme itself and the learning it ... Read more


Published: 2020 | Resource type: Case studies