The European Research Partnership on Cultural and Creative Spillovers conducts and commissions research and holds research events. Our research aims to play a role in policy making and the strategic development of arts and cultural organisations across Europe
On this website, you can find out more about the partners, our understanding of spillover and its effects, our research activities, and our publications - including the unique evidence library.
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The “spillover effects” of the arts, culture and the creative industries are the way society or economy is effected. It is significant in relation to the identity, experience, growth and development of places, community and social life, local as well as national and regional economy. Identifying the dynamics of spillover can reveal the full spectrum of cultural value, and how cultural value is relevant to other public policy fields.
The European Research Partnership involves major arts and cultural funders, all of whom are committed to expanding our knowledge and evidence base on the role that culture and creative activity maintains in cities, countries and the European region itself. They are committed to the autonomy of the arts and the independence of cultural sectors (from politically-motivated management), but at the same time are committed to justifying public expenditure on arts and culture. This justification can take many forms, but usually demands an assessment or measurement of the value (or effect, impacts, influence, function or contribution – the range of terms is itself an important subject for research).
EU policy frameworks have increasingly made reference to spillover (or “cross-over” as it's often called). Since the ‘European Agenda for Culture in a Globalising World’ (2007), which re-emphasised the role of culture in the Lisbon Strategy, there have been significant advances in the recognition that culture and creativity are significant for social and economic development. The Partnership engages in policy advocacy in EU spheres, and now aims to influence national and local policy makers on the potential role of culture and creative industries in relation to cultural development, enterprise and start up industries, tourism and retail, media and digital technologies. As our body of evidence and our understanding of spillover research methodologies grows, we hope to contribute to ongoing academic debates on cultural value and hear from diverse voices from across Europe.
In 2015, the Partnership and Tom Fleming Creative Consultancy (TFCC) have been working on a broad definition of spillover effects, which takes account of previous work in the field and seeks to meet the strategic and practical needs of artists, cultural organisations, creative businesses, policymakers, funders and strategic bodies:
We understand cultural and creative spillover(s) to be the process by which an activity in the arts, culture and creative industries has a subsequent broader impact on places, society or the economy through the overflow of concepts, ideas, skills, knowledge and different types of capital. Spillovers can take place over varying time frames and can be intentional or unintentional, planned or unplanned, direct or indirect, negative as well as positive.
Please note that this platform will be continuously developed to reflect our ongoing research strategy and the suggestions of our community of debate around spillovers.
NEW ARTICLE The Spillover Effect by Dr Jonathan Vickery
If we could fully understand the impact of arts and culture on wider society, would this change arts strategies and policies? Jonathan Vickery charts the progression of thinking on the ‘spillover’ effect. Please find the article here.
FEATURE Research Case Studies 2016-17 by ENCATC News No.114
Our newest publication Research Case Studies 2016-2017 has been featured in the ENCATC News Issue No. 114. Please find the article here.
NEW PAPER Researching Spillover in the creative and cultural industries by Dr Jonathan Vickery
We're delighted to share a paper from one of our research partners: Dr Vickery's paper is a comment on methodology in response to requests for clarity on what is meant by method - specifically, how we understand our research on ‘spillover’ to be categorically different from past attempts to define and investigate the social or economic roles of the arts, culture or creative industries.
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