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 summaries

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 It is no longer updated but lives on in the form of Research Spotlight.

Arts Research Monitor

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

General directories of arts research sources

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.

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.

International Federation of Arts Councils and Culture Agencies (IFACCA) D’Art Resource

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

Research Councils UK (RCUK) Gateway to Research

An online gateway to publicly funded research including that funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council and the Economic and Social Research Council.

National Endowment for the Arts

A database resource of cultural research funded through grants by the National Endowment for the Arts.


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.

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.

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.

The National Alliance for Arts Health and Wellbeing

Hundreds of resources on the evidence-base for arts in health brought together by the London Arts and Health Forum

Cultural Learning Alliance Evidence Base

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

Creative & Cultural Skills Creative Blueprint Library

Publications include reports on skills, workforce development and training.

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.

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 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 Americans for the Arts

Action-oriented research to make a case for the arts.

Research at National Assembly of State Arts Agencies

NASAA is an authoritative resource for information about state arts agencies and public funding for the arts (in the US).

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.