Research round-up: May 2017

5 May 2017

Information Manager, Annie Thorpe, brings us up to date with important recent research in the arts, culture and youth sectors

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London Assembly: Creative Tensions

In March, the Regeneration Committee published the findings from its wide-ranging review into how the Mayor can best protect London’s cultural and creative offer. Amongst the recommendations put forward in the report, ‘Creative Tensions Optimising the benefits of culture through regeneration' is a call for the mayor to drive forward the collection of better quality data on cultural assets and levels of participation in the capital in order to ensure and evidence that regeneration projects are addressing the needs of local communities.

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Museums in the UK: 2017 Report

The Museums Association has published its Museums in the UK: 2017 Report, drawing on the organisation’s first annual survey to explore the health of the UK museum sector. The research reveals that whilst visitor numbers are rising and new audiences and communities are being engaged, public funding cuts have put many museums under pressure and have resulted in some reducing their school visits or losing skilled museum workers.

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London Youth: Young People’s Capital of the World?

In March, London Youth launched their new report aimed at understanding and responding to young Londoners’ changing needs. The research, carried out in partnership with UBS and Centre for London, comprises in-depth explorations of five London boroughs: Barking & Dagenham, Enfield, Hackney, Haringey and Waltham Forest. Combining peer research with additional insights from youth workers and contextual data, the research focuses on understanding the experiences and aspirations of young people in the capital. It identifies a number of issues affecting young Londoners ranging from the cost of affordable housing, to health concerns, to anxieties about transitioning into work. Building on these insights the report offers a series of recommendations aimed at helping all London stakeholders to better support young people.

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London Essays: Work

Centre for London have published their latest edition of the London Essays journal focusing on the theme of Work. Bringing together a collection of essays, interviews and infographics on topics ranging from the impact of technology on the labour market to workplace equality to the London Living Wage, the journal explores the changing face of labour in the city and the reforms needed to respond to emerging challenges.

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Nesta: A closer look at Creatives

Responding to what they describe as an information gap on skills in the creative industries, Nesta have used data from online job adverts to help develop a clearer picture of the skill requirements of creative workers in the UK. With skills development identified as a key focus of the UK government, as reflected through its inclusion as one of the ten pillars of the recently released industrial strategy, such research will support the creative industries to show how the sector proposes to ‘boost skills’ and create high value, high productivity jobs.

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Creative Industries Federation manifesto

The Creative Industries Federation have published their manifesto for all political parties ahead of the general election, this builds on their recent response to the government’s industrial strategy, by calling for, amongst other things, a creative skills commission aimed at better preparing young people in education and training for employment in the creative industries and the launch of a government-led campaign to promote creative careers.

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