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An information paper prepared by members of the Creative Communities Network (Australia) with funds from the Local Government Research & Development Scheme. It was published in July 2012.

Local Government includes complex and interrelated functions relating directly to culture and the wellbeing of residents, the environment and the economy - on a local, as well as on a State, national and global scale. It also plays a significant role in funding and delivering cultural activities in Australia. In 2009-10, Local Government funding for cultural activities across Australia was $1,197.7m, which was 18% of total cultural funding provided by all levels of government. Building capacity and knowledge in the area of Culture will ensure Local Government makes well informed and value-for-money decisions.


Sep 11, 2019

Full report on the Roundtable on Bang for the Funding Buck: KPIs and Capturing the Impact of the Arts, part of the IPS-SAM Spotlight on Cultural Policy Series. The roundtable was organised by the Institute of Policy Studies (IPS) on 1 June 2018 in collaboration with the Singapore Art Museum.


Summary of a Joint Research Symposium titled “Measuring Cultural Engagement amid Confounding Variables: A Reality Check,” held at the Gallup headquarters in Washington, DC, June 2–3, 2014.

Governments and cultural institutions often measure public engagement in the arts, though it is a costly endeavor whose purpose is not always clear. Innovative artistic media and changes in audience demographics and behavior patterns present new methodological challenges. Rising costs of household surveys, the availability of big data, and fresh doubts about traditional assumptions add to the need to develop new approaches.

To explore these topics, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the Cultural Value Project (CVP) of the United Kingdom’s Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) convened a symposium of leading researchers, practitioners, and policymakers from a handful of countries. The event aimed to challenge assumptions about how and why public involvement in arts and culture is measured and to identify research needs and opportunities to promote more meaningful measurement.


Meaningful measurement. A review of the literature about measuring artistic vibrancy 

Meaningful Measurement is a summary of the key research in the area of measuring artistic vibrancy.

It looks at:

• performance measurement in the arts
• proposed models of performance measurement in the arts
• the notion of “public value” and the arts
• the intrinsic impacts of the arts
• assessing artistic vibrancy, including models and examples

This resource was published for the Australia Council for the Arts in december 2009. 


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