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The value of arts and culture infographic image

The Value of Arts and Culture to People and Society – an evidence review

Industry News

31 March 2014

Arts Council England (ACE) has carried out this evidence review to identify what intelligence currently exists to support the case for public investment in arts and culture and also what evidence gaps are yet to be filled by new research.

In the foreword to the publication, Sir Peter Bazalgette, Chair, Arts Council England notes:

'This evidence review is an important stage in making ‘the holistic case’ for arts and culture – the argument that arts and culture have an impact on our lives in complex, subtle and interrelated ways, and that each benefit relates to a cluster of other benefits.'

A robust set of criteria was applied to the selection of research reports for review and evaluation which was conducted between July and September 2013. From a long list of well over 500 reports sourced initially the application of a second set of criteria led to a 90 reports being included in this evidence review. 

The key themes of Economy, Health and Wellbeing, Society and Education form the clusters around which the narrative for how the arts and culture impact on wider society takes shape in the report.

Despite the compelling read provided by the evidence review, it is clear that a number of evidence gaps exist in the literature currently available about the wider socio-economic benefits of arts and culture, both in terms of topics that are underexplored and improvements that could be made.  ACE is therefore using the evidence review as a signpost to its future research agenda.  This includes ensuring that a more consistent approach to programme monitoring is put in place along with exploring new approaches that may be required in order to capture the impact of programmes and interventions.

ACE will continue to develop the evidence base during 2014 with a focus on researching the economic contribution of museums and of libraries.

They are also commissioning a research project that will improve understanding of equality and diversity issues across the sector.  In addition, over the next two years this same review will map the changing picture of technology in the arts, so we can learn from the experience of those who use technology most effectively, and maximise the potential for arts and culture.