Measuring Cultural Engagement Amid Confounding Variables: A Reality Check

nealogo300The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the Cultural Value Project of the U.K.’s Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) convened a two-day symposium to bring together leading researchers and practitioners to conduct a “reality check” on the landscape of cultural participation metrics. The goals of the event were to probe our assumptions about how and why we measure public involvement in arts and culture, to confront any orthodoxies in how cultural participation is reported, and to chart a path toward more durable and meaningful measurement. Finally, the symposium identified pressing research questions and opportunities for standardizing certain data fields across international boundaries. Read a summary of the workshop.

Lear Center Managing Director and Director of Research Johanna Blakley presented during a panel titled, “The challenge of encompassing new media-and technology-driven forms of participation.” She spoke about the Lear Center’s recent work in media metrics, its Food, Inc. research and the newly launched Media Impact Project. Read Blakley’s related blogs Measuring the Impact of Art and New Tools for Measuring Cultural Engagement.