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Centre for Cultural Value think piece: Putting people and communities at the heart of cultural policymaking

Centre for Cultural Value: Putting people and communities at the heart of cultural policymaking

Ben Walmsley and Anna Kime from the Centre for Cultural Value explore people-centred evaluation in the cultural sector.

Times are changing in the world of cultural policy. With both main political parties committed to further devolution in England, we are likely to see increased funding and decision-making at the local and regional levels. With local government’s core spending power having reduced in real terms by 24 per cent since 2010, this change is broadly welcome. Yet, it also raises concerns. After all, devolution will occur in the context of non-statutory local funding for culture and patchy, inequitable cultural infrastructure across the country. Regardless of the challenges involved in distributing and allocating cultural funding at the local and regional levels, this shift in policy has significant implications for data, research and evaluation.

As cultural policy moves closer to people and their communities, we will need to rethink the established approaches to data collection and analysis to reflect people’s lived experiences of cultural production and engagement.

The Centre for Cultural Value has co-created a bespoke set of principles to support evaluation in the cultural sector. Their four key principles outline how evaluation should be connected, beneficial, people-centred and robust. These core principles are all relevant when capturing cultural value at a more local level.

Read more here.

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