Survival of the fittest? Recovery forecast assumes a third of arts businesses will fail 

09 Oct 2020

ACE has welcomed projections that the sector will recover to pre-Covid levels by 2022. The “bounce back” relies on only the most economically productive organisations surviving.

Taking up the evaluation challenge

06 Oct 2020

Practitioners have seen with their own eyes how arts and health interventions can make a real difference to young people’s mental health – but can they prove it to those holding the purse strings? Katherine Taylor explains how a new evaluation framework is promising to help them do just that.

Arts improve wellbeing, social cohesion and child development: report

01 Oct 2020

A DCMS-commissioned study cites strong evidence that "can be trusted to guide policy" on arts interventions in some areas of health and wellbeing - but not others. 

Are the arts overclaiming on wellbeing?

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15 Sep 2020

When Professor Stephen Clift published a critique of an academic review of the impact of the arts on health outcomes, he was accused of not being ‘collegiate’ or constructive. Has the field of arts and health become too self-congratulatory?

Singing softly could cut Covid risk

28 Aug 2020

DCMS and the University of Bristol publicised the research findings as proof that 'singing is no riskier than speaking'. That's not quite what the study says.

Instrument studies find low risk of Covid transmission

13 Aug 2020

One study found fewer aerosol particles "were produced when playing than when breathing alone".

Reluctance to ‘make the ask’ holds back fundraising success, report finds

07 Aug 2020

Without financial support, small organisations will make little progress in diversifying their income streams as they lack the resources to develop fundraising strategies.

What happened to STEAM? The push to re-brand arts subjects as SHAPE

13 Jul 2020

Academics behind the campaign say a new label will “unite and celebrate” these subjects and their role in rebuilding a post-Covid economy.

Outdoor performances given green light for July 11

10 Jul 2020

Indoor performance pilots with the London Symphony Orchestra will shape further reopening plans amid concerns about the safety of singing, brass and wind instruments.

Storytelling – a different way of evaluating

Team photo from a recreation of the 1966 World Cup
09 Jul 2020

Conventional monitoring and evaluation isn’t always helpful in community settings, but with some creative thinking, it can become a valuable part of the artistic process. Sarah Cassidy explains how a new technique can transform the outcomes.

The many roads to recovery

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17 Jun 2020

As we emerge from the chaos of the pandemic let’s focus on where we want to go, but remember there’s no single way to get there, says David Reece.

Working together to articulate cultural value

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01 Apr 2020

When the coronavirus crisis ends and government is prioritising what happens next, nothing will be more important than being able to articulate cultural value. Ben Walmsley and Anne Torreggiani explain how the new Centre for Cultural Value will support funders, policymakers and the cultural sector to make more effective use of research and evaluation.

Covid-19: Charities face £4bn 'black hole'

31 Mar 2020

Thousands of arts, culture and heritage charities improve communities, wellbeing and isolation – "functions that are particularly important during this crisis".

EXCLUSIVE: ‘Culture of censorship’ as arts workers fear backlash

20 Feb 2020

ArtsProfessional’s Freedom of Expression survey reveals gagging orders, bullying and a culture of fear are causing arts and cultural workers to stay silent.

NPOs carbon emissions: new report reveals good intentions but little change

23 Jan 2020

Research on NPOs’ environmental impact shows a shared commitment to sustainability - but the hard data suggests little has changed.

Arts and dementia work failing to reach South Asian communities

16 Jan 2020

There is “an urgent need” for funders and arts organisations to develop more culturally appropriate approaches, says a new report.

Wooing the young billionaires

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02 Jan 2020

With arts philanthropy static in the UK and declining in the US, what needs to be done to persuade the next generation of mega-rich donors to support culture? Michelle Wright examines the challenges ahead.

ACE treads carefully with ‘intrusive’ new social class metric

17 Dec 2019

Arts Council England will begin collecting data on the socio-economic background of its NPO workforce next year, but will need to overcome perceptions that doing so is “alien, intimate and intrusive”.

New national agency to study ageing and creativity

11 Dec 2019

A three-year project will research ways to support later-life creativity and creative technology solutions for an ageing population.

Governments opt out of international creativity tests 

28 Nov 2019

Maths, science and reading will continue to be assessed against international standards, but DfE says testing young people's creative thinking is "not the best use of resources".

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