There are many other resources online that you can use to find research and evidence to support your work. Here is a selection:

General directories of arts research

The National Archive of Data on Arts and Culture (NADAC) at the University of Michigan's Institute for Social Research

NADAC is a repository that facilitates research on arts and culture by acquiring data, particularly those funded by federal agencies and other organizations, and sharing those data with researchers, policymakers, people in the arts and culture field, and the general public.

Arts + Social Impact Explorer

An online primer from Americans for the Arts that draws together top-line research, example projects, core research papers, and service/partner organisations about 26 different sectors.

Arts Research Monitor

Produced in Canada by Hill Strategies, it provides synopses of qualitative and quantitative research findings in the arts and culture.


The CultureLab Library is a hub for research and learning created and maintained by WolfBrown. Use of the library is free of charge, although registration is required.

Archived resources

Culture and Sport Evidence Programme (CASE) Database

The CASE database marshals in one place studies that examine the drivers, impact and value of engagement in culture and sport. Last updated in 2012.

University of Chicago Cultural Policy Centre Digest

The Digest identified important academic research that is often inaccessible, due to paywalls or jargon, and presented it in summary form for a broad audience of scholars, practitioners, and policymakers. It was published three times a year and each issue tackled a particular theme. It is discontinued.

Createquity Arts Policy Library

Bringing greater attention to the important ongoing work in the field of arts research and synthesising it for a lay audience. It is no longer updated but lives on in the form of Research Spotlight.

Subject specific resources


ArtsEdSearch is a project of the Arts Education Partnership in the US and is a large compendium of research looking at the subject of arts education. The site mostly comprises research summaries of books, chapters and articles. These are then ordered around particular themes.

Cultural Learning Alliance Evidence Base

The Case for Cultural Learning: key research findings from a range of sources identified by the CLA.

RSA Evidence Champions Network

The RSA Evidence Champions Network was a national community of practitioners which champions the use of evidence in arts and cultural learning.

Music Education Works

Collecting, summarising and sharing evidence of the impact of music education.

Arts Alliance Criminal Justice Evidence Library

An online library housing the key research and evaluation documents on the impact of arts-based projects, programmes and interventions within the criminal justice system.

MARCH Network Research Corner

The MARCH Network is free and open to anyone with an interest in the role that social, cultural and community assets play in mental health and wellbeing.

Culture, Health and Wellbeing Alliance

Hundreds of resources from the national membership organisation representing everyone who believes that creativity and cultural engagement can transform our health and wellbeing.

Research centres for arts and cultural policy

Research at Arts Council England

Arts Council England’s national research programme explores questions across artforms and regions, building collective knowledge and supporting the development of effective policy.

Research at the Crafts Council

An online hub of research and information presenting the latest thinking and perspectives on the sector.

Creative Industries Policy and Evidence Centre

The PEC provides independent research and authoritative recommendations to aid the development of policies for the UK's creative industries.

Centre for Cultural Value

The CCV is building a shared understanding of the differences that arts, culture, heritage and screen make to people’s lives and to society

Center for Cultural Affairs

The mission of Indiana University's CCA is to advance the understanding of the place of arts and culture in public life.

Research at Australia Council on the Arts

News about arts research in progress and planned across Australia and the work of the in-house research team at the Australia Council.

Research at the Canada Council for the Arts

An evidence-based practice to undertake robust, relevant, and timely data analyses, evaluations and performance measurement. See their Research Library.

Research at the National Endowment for the Arts

Research into the value and impact of the arts is a core function of the National Endowment for the Arts.

Research at the International Federation of Arts Councils and Culture Agencies (IFACCA)

A central resource that seeks to create international ‘knowledge links’ and to consolidate arts policy knowledge and expertise from around the world.

Cultural Research Network

The CRN is an open resource-sharing community of practice for anyone involved in arts- and culture-related research.