The role of evaluation and research in arts, cultural and heritage organisations. Executive summary: Sector survey


Author(s):*Listed Alphabetically
McDowell E

Year of Publication:
2020

Publisher(s):
Centre for Cultural Value

Publication Type:
Report

Abstract:

This executive summary highlights the key findings from an online survey entitled ‘The role of evaluation and research in arts, cultural and heritage organisations’ distributed by the Centre for Cultural Value in Leeds.

In order to better understand current attitudes towards evaluation and research in terms of capturing and demonstrating cultural value across the cultural sector, the Centre for Cultural Value developed and distributed an online survey entitled ‘The role of evaluation and research in arts, cultural and heritage organisations’ between December 2019 and March 2020, in partnership with The Audience Agency, the Arts Marketing Association and Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy.

The survey was made available online from 1 April 2020 and was closed to responses on 13 June 2020 and 311 people responded. The findings will directly feed into the Centre’s future plans and activity and will be repeated in four years to explore whether practices have changed and/or developed longitudinally.

Findings highlighted there is strong demand for strategic partnerships between academics and sector based on shared research agendas. Respondents were more likely to have worked with independent researchers as research and evaluation partners than with higher education institutions, which suggests this is an area in which the Centre can make real impact through its activities by fulfilling a much-needed brokerage role linking suitable academic research expertise with wider sector practice. While those who had worked with academic researchers in the past had a mostly positive experience, some of the potential value of these partnerships is lost due to misaligned priorities, lack of shared research agendas, and consequently a lack of actionable insight.



Evidence Type: Survey

Research Purpose: Survey

Context: Community

Participant Group: Adults

Art Forms: Multi-Arts

Access Type: Free Download

APA Citation:

McDowell, E. (2020). The role of evaluation and research in arts, cultural and heritage organisations. Executive summary: Sector survey. Leeds: Centre for Cultural Value.