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)

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The commercial curator

John Orna-Ornstein blogs about the changing role of curators, and the inventive approaches to earning income for museums

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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 - informationisbeautiful.net 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 ArtsApi.com. Photo © Future Everything / ArtsAPI.com / Ed Carter & David Cranmer. 10. Archaeology Store at Leeds Discovery Centre 11. The fertility Orbit of the Boob Meteorite by Serena Korda at the Plymouth Art Weekender 2015. Image © Gordon Dalton 12. Derby Cathedral, March 2016. Photo © Alan Fletcher. 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