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Research Digest: Culture and placemaking

What is the relationship between culture and placemaking? This digest brings together research that examines how and why arts and culture play a part in placemaking and what that means for organisations, practitioners, policymakers and funders.


Published: 2024 | Resource type: research

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Research Digest: Lifelong Cultural Engagement

How may the value and impact of engaging with culture evolve across someone’s lifetime? Are our cultural tastes set in childhood? Or is there scope for our behaviours to change? If so, what can affect these shifts?  These questions are worth exploring for many reasons. For instance, cultural organisations might want to investigate who’s engaging … Read more


Published: 2024 | Resource type: research

A performance group called "Without Walls" performs “Belly of the Whale”. They are stood on top of a seesaw-like sculpture in front of Wakefield Cathedral at Wakefield Council’s Seaside in the City.

My essential reads: Artists’ livelihoods

What do we know about artists’ social and economic status? And why should this matter to the cultural sector and our wider society?  In the Centre’s research digest exploring the role of the artist in society, we highlight how artists are in a rare position to illuminate and reframe the challenges facing humanity for other … Read more


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How to … share research and evaluation findings through performance

It is common for findings from research and evaluation to be shared in reports and articles. But what other creative methods could we use? And how can we reach new audiences? In this guide, Dr Martin Glynn showcases his innovative approach to “data storytelling”, drawing on his experiences as a researcher, dramatist and educator. By … Read more


Published: 2024 | Resource type: guide-toolkit

An ensemble of violinists, guitarists, percussionists and guitarists perform on stage at Bridgewater Hall in front of a concert audience. They are backed by yellow and white lighting.

How to … create intimate and intense ‘classical music’ experiences

Adam Szabo reflects on his experience as Artistic Director and Chief Executive of Manchester Collective and what practical steps it is possible to take to shape audience experiences. The focus of this guide is on classical music performances, although curators of all types of live performance may find synergies with their work and practice. Within the … Read more


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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.


Published: 2023 | Resource type: guide-toolkit

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How to … conduct a walking interview

Do you or your organisation use interviews for research or evaluation? Written by Lauren Hall and Dr Ceri Pitches, this guide offers practical advice on using walking interviews and how this research methodology may help you gain deeper insights from participants. This guide also features a case study, where researcher Lauren Hall reflects on her … Read more


Published: 2023 | Resource type: guide-toolkit

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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 working in residencies with town-planning … Read more


Published: 2023 | Resource type: research

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How to … approach anti-racist audience and community research

Damaging attitudes and misconceptions about minoritised ethnic individuals and communities can have a negative impact on how we represent and produce culture, as well as on the decision-making and policy of cultural institutions. If your goal is to break this cycle and carry out effective audience and community research – which is anti-racist – this … Read more


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Diagram of the wheel of change framework showing an outer circle and inner circle. Outer circle is four connecting arrows in green, purple, red and blue, containing the words 'OUTPUTS' 'ACTIVITIES' 'INVESTMENTS' 'OUTCOMES'. Inner circle is orange, containing the words 'AMBITIONS AND IMPACTS

Evaluation for change: A guide to planning a mixed-methods framework for evaluation

Are you looking for a fresh approach to evaluation that is flexible and can be tailored to the scale and scope of your work? In this guide, discover more about the Wheel of Change evaluation framework, explaining the process of moving from defining your ambition and desired impact to actual results. The guide includes examples … Read more


Published: 2023 | Resource type: guide-toolkit