Funding available to identify future questions for culture and heritage research to inform the approach of the government’s Culture and Heritage Capital Programme.

The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) are inviting applications for an interdisciplinary scoping study which will help inform and explore a potential future research initiative in relation to the DCMS Culture and Heritage Capital Programme.

DCMS has an ambition to develop a formal approach to value culture and heritage assets called Culture and Heritage Capital (CHC). The programme’s ultimate aim is to create publicly available statistics and guidance that will allow for improved articulation of the value of the culture and heritage sectors in decision making.

To achieve this ambition there are gaps in the current evidence base that need to be understood and overcome. The successful project team will build on a set of suggested research areas, potentially adding their own suggestions, to form a comprehensive list of evidence gaps for the Culture and Heritage Capital Programme by engaging with stakeholders and conducting a rapid literature review

The project team will be expected to create a framework to prioritise the research areas into a justified shortlist which can be scoped within the project. This shortlist will need to be submitted to AHRC four weeks after the start date and it will be agreed by the Programme Steering Committee.

Upon completion of the scoping study, the project team will be required to include its findings within a report which will be published on DCMS’s Culture and Heritage Capital portal.

With the help of this scoping study AHRC/DCMS want to establish:

  • Which questions are already addressed in existing literature and how
  • Where there are knowledge gaps
  • What questions should be put forward for further research
  • How can these questions be answered in future funds? (including nuanced recommendations on addressing each evidence gap)

The scoping study is expected to address the key areas, providing a comprehensive synthesis of existing knowledge and evidence base, as well as recommendations for future research needs that would be used to inform future activities.

A range of mechanisms should be used including, but not limited to:

  • A review of existing relevant studies, literature and techniques
  • Examples of existing methods for measuring value
  • An assessment of different methodologies
  • Examples of the current research landscape in these areas and potential for alignment to this for future research calls

The successful project will be required to produce a final report outlining its findings. The report should describe the methods used to identify, prioritise and display gaps in existing work.

The proposed study must start in September 2021 and complete within six months, by March 2022.

Status Open
Funding body Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)
Maximum value £150,000
Reference ID S22253
Category Arts and Humanities Research
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