Report – Digital Culture: How arts and cultural organisations in England use technology

Arts Council England, the Arts and Humanities Research Council and Nesta have commissioned independent research agency MTM to track the use of digital technology by arts and cultural organisations in England between 2013 and 2015. Results are now available from the first year survey of 891 arts and cultural organisations, including digital activities, barriers, enablers and impacts.
It shows that arts and cultural organisations have transformed their marketing and operations through digital technology, with many reaching bigger and more diverse audiences than ever before. They are also seeing major benefits for creation and distribution, whilst in other areas like new revenue generation, important opportunities remain.
Digital technologies are disrupting established practices and creating new opportunities for innovation across the creative economy.
Some arts and cultural organisations are experiencing transformational impacts, using digital technology to reach bigger audiences than ever before.
But how can we make the most of digital technologies?


Arup Report: Museums in the Digital Age

The report ‘Museums in the Digital Age’ (Author: Josef Hargrave) published in October 2013 by the consulting engineering firm Arup envisages a dynamic future for museums.
Moving beyond static objects in glass cases, the report outlines how future museums will see personalised content, new levels of sustainability and a visitor experience extended beyond present expectations of time and space. This report highlights a number of key trends that will continue to have a significant impact on the user experience and design of future museums.

Natural England Report: Green Infrastructure – valuation tools assessment

Green Infrastructure – Valuation Tools Assessment (NECR126)

There are an increasing number of tools available that aim to value green infrastructure. Many of these focus on specific services provided by the green infrastructure and estimate the economic value of these services.

This report was commissioned to draw together a number of the most widely used tools and assess them against research standards for natural science and economics. The aim is to help people wanting to value green infrastructure choose the best tool for them. As well as descriptions and the assessment of the tools, links to further information and examples of the use of the tools are provided. The report also points to the key gaps in the tools available highlighting areas for further work.

EENC Report: The social and economic value of cultural heritage (literature review)

In early 2013, the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Education and Culture (DG EAC) asked the EENC to prepare a review of recent academic literature and research reports addressing the social and economic value of cultural heritage.

The resulting document, which includes an analysis of 87 publications, should contribute to the implementation of activities in the context of the European Agenda for Culture as well as the recognition of the potential role of cultural heritage for the achievement of the Europe 2020 strategy, the EU’s mid-term plan to foster smart, sustainable and inclusive growth. A final chapter summarises the main findings and presents some conclusions, as regards the areas of impact observed, the policy relevance, the methodologies used and the research and documentation needs identified.

Learning Museum report 3: Measuring Museum Impacts #heritagefutures

The publication contains the results of the research undertaken by the European funded project The Learning Museum, on the subject of impact evaluation in museums. The aim is to provide a general overview on the main issues concerning the different kinds of impact evaluation in the museum sector – economic, educational, social, relational, environmental – but also practical information and guidelines.

UK-UNESCO report: Wider Value of UNESCO to the UK

The UK National Commission for UNESCO report, Wider Value of UNESCO to the UK 2012-13 brings together data and analysis of the costs, benefits and wider value of UNESCO to the United Kingdom.

The report is the first of its kind, in providing such an assessment of the direct and indirect benefits to the United Kingdom, its citizens, communities and organisations, of membership of UNESCO. The report’s conservative estimate of the financial benefit is £90million per year.

This figure comes from an analysis of 180 sites and organisations in the UK and Overseas Territories which have formal links to UNESCO through one of several programmes. These 180 range from universities and local archives to cities and large areas designated to further economic development and biodiversity conservation.