Evidence Reports

How do we know what cultural learning can do? Here are some of the most compelling pieces of research that we have found…

If you have evidence of the impact of your cultural learning work and would like to share that with us, please email us with details – include a short description of the project and impact that has been evidenced. Enter the website details for the evidence report if there is one. Otherwise we’ll be in touch to receive a copy from you.

The one report you need to read: Understanding the impact of engagement in culture and sport, CASE, 2010

CASE is a programme of strategic research led by DCMS. This report explores the debates around cultural value, and considers the meaning of culture and the reasons why the evaluation of culture is such a difficult task. It also summarises the evidence we do have about the impact of cultural activities on children and young people’s attainment.

The Costs and Benefits of Creative Partnerships, CCE, 2010

PricewaterhouseCoopers was commissioned by CCE to prepare a report that analyses the economic costs and benefits of Creative Partnerships. Expressed as a ratio of the benefits to the costs, they estimate that every £1 invested in the programme delivers £15.30 worth of benefits.

Learning: creative approaches that raise standards, Ofsted, 2010

This report illustrates how 44 schools used creative approaches to learning, and evaluates the impact on pupils’ achievement and personal development. Examples of good practice often involve cultural and arts practice or using cultural resources as a stimulus for learning.

Summer Arts Colleges 2009 Final Outcomes Report, Arts Council 2011

Summer Arts Colleges comprise an intensive six-week programme intended for high-risk young people. This report evidences that generally, long-term participation brings about a significant reduction in the offending rate after the programme and increases in literacy and numeracy levels.

In Harmony Liverpool interium report year two, Liverpool Philharmonic, 2011

This report shows there is clear evidence of significant improvement in achievement by children taking part in In Harmony. This is strongly supported by attainment data, Ofsted reports and triangulation of data from parents, teachers and pupils. There is significant and triangulated qualitative evidence that self esteem, self confidence and well being have increased and remain high. 

Teaching and Learning Toolkit Education Endowment Fund, 2013

The Toolkit is a live resource which is updated on a regular basis as findings from EEF-funded projects and other high-quality research become available. The toolkit ranks different interventions in order of effectiveness. Arts participation ranks about halfway up the table and you can read what the EEF say about its effectiveness here.

The contribution of the arts and culture to the national economy. Centre for Economics and Business Reform, 2013

A report on the economic value of arts and culture, commissioned from the Centre for Economics and Business Reform. Take a look at the section on impact on education. There is also some useful information on the impact of the arts and culture on Higher Education.