Intelligence Gathering and Sharing

Using data to inform the sector, Artswork conducts and commissions research into how schools, the voluntary and community sector, and the wider cultural sector work together to provide inspiring arts and cultural experiences for children and young people. We then share this data with our sector colleagues.  We do this as part of our role as Arts Council England’s South East Bridge organisation.

So far, we’ve worked with museums, libraries, schools, and higher education and further education institutions to analyse their cultural data on a number of projects.

As a Bridge, it’s critical that we help the sector make informed decisions about how they plan and deliver educational, arts and cultural work for young people. Our research and insights provide our stakeholders with a comprehensive picture of what’s happening and what needs to be improved in the South East region. Cultural data also informs our own South East Bridge delivery plan. Our eight work strands are firmly grounded in the data we gather and interpret.

To produce sector-relevant reports, we analyse existing information from Local Authorities, the Department of Culture, Media and Sport, the National Census and other reliable sources in the public domain. We also do research on the ground; working both within institutions and externally, and actively commission new research.

Research we’ve carried out:

- Stakeholder consultation to inform our South East Bridge delivery plan.

- Action-based research with the museums and libraries sector about schools visits. The result was the creation of the Schools4museums database to capture visit data.

- Case studies developed with The Langley Academy on how schools can embed a museum learning focus into their curriculum.

- Review of recording school visits to cultural venues in the South East.

Research we’ve commissioned:

- How South East schools engage with arts, culture and creative activities and how this could be further supported.

- Current film provision for children and young people in educational and training centers. We commissioned Screen South as part of our emerging film education strategy and the Department for Education’s Bridge Expansion programme