Research and data

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Our research programme aims to increase our knowledge and understanding about the impact of art and culture on people’s lives.  Our data allows us to be open, accountable and responsive about the work we do and the investment we make. Explore more about research and data below.

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Our research

Our research programme aims to increase our knowledge and understanding about the impact of arts and culture on people’s lives

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Explore our data

Data on our investment informs our evaluation, our funding decisions and future strategy. Making this data available is also essential for our accountability

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Our data principles

Our key commitments concerning the ways we collect, handle, use and publish data

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Publications schedule

We are committed to routinely publishing research findings and data reports. Find here schedules of reports recently published and those to be published in the future

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Freedom of Information

The Freedom of Information Act informs our approach to publication of data and information, and otherwise providing access to information we hold

Latest news, blog posts and case studies

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In praise of music making

How our In Harmony programme is using music to transform the lives of school pupils in deprived communities

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Question time?

Our Director for Policy and Research writes about how research helps us to better understand the essential contribution that arts and culture make to our lives

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Data with a soul?

Cat Hammersley, our Senior Manager for Data Reporting and Analysis, blogs about why we should all be getting excited about our new data principles. (Really)

Performance Live: Kate Tempest

Tune into BBC Two on Saturday night to see award-winning artist Kate Tempest perform her new album 'Let them Eat Chaos'. It’s first programme in a new series called Performance Live which will see innovative live performance broadcast on BBC television over the next two years.‎

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New appointments to Area Councils

Arts Council England has announced new appointments to three of the five Area Councils, which play a crucial role in both local and national decision-making.

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Top left to bottom right: 1. Atmosphere by Edmund de Waal at Turner Contemporary. Photo © Benjamin Beker. 2. Knowledge is Beautiful (cc) Creative Commons - 3. Bookmarks Resource Space, part of Follow, 2015 at FACT. Photo © Brian Slater, courtesy of Foundation for Art and Creative Technology. 4. Type Motion: a 2014 installation at FACT. Photo © Brian Slater, courtesy of FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology). 5. Gecko Theatre: Institute. Photo © Richard Haughton. 6. Daniel Bye in Error 404 at Polka Theatre. Photo © Matt Hargreaves / Polka Theatre. 7. Liverpool Philharmonic - In Harmony 7th Birthday Concert. Photo © Mark McNulty - In Harmony Liverpool 8. Plymouth Music Zone participants making music. Photo © Plymouth Music Zone / Kevin Clifford 9. 'Smoke Signals' artwork by Ed Carter & David Cranmer, commissioned by Future Everything as part of Photo © Future Everything / / Ed Carter & David Cranmer. 10. Kate Tempest_Performance Live (c) Alex Brenner 11. Arts Council England logo. Photo © Arts Council England. 12. Earth Echoes: A Song of Stones’ - Torbay’s GeoCollective and community cast perform with Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra at the Opening Ceremony of GGN2016. Photographer: Jayne West 13. Plymouth Music Zone participants making music. Photo © Plymouth Music Zone / Kevin Clifford 14. Artificial Things by Stopgap Dance Company © Photo Chris Parkes 15. Gecko Theatre: Institute. Photo © Richard Haughton 16. Grass Men Bristol Biennial 2014. Photo © Ashley Peevor 17. Plymouth Music Zone participants making music. Photo © Plymouth Music Zone / Kevin Clifford. 18. Maudits Sonnants by Transe Express Company at Birmingham Weekender 2015. Photo © Andrew Fox / Birmingham Weekender 19. Participants at Chelmsley Wood Library. Photo © Michael Cameron Photography