CASE programme guidance and resources

CASE is a joint programme of strategic research led by DCMS in collaboration with Arts Council England, English Heritage and Sport England.

By collecting cross-cutting social and economic evidence, the CASE (Culture and Sport Evidence) programme has been developed to directly influence culture and sport policy.

If you work in the sector, you can use these resources to help you provide culture and sporting opportunities for the widest audience.

The CASE programme builds on the Taking Part survey.

CASE programme: the resources

You can use the programme resources as a toolkit to help you provide the best sporting and cultural opportunities in your area.

The resources consist of:

The CASE database infographic gives an overview of each area.

CASE database

The database acts as a one-stop-shop for research. It also provides policy makers with access to research on a given topic. So, if you are working in culture or sport, you can use it to help make decisions based on evidence in published research.

It holds over 12,000 international and UK studies from across the CASE sectors (sport, arts, heritage, museums, galleries, libraries and archives).

The database was last updated in April 2012 and includes items published up to 31 March 2012. 

Using the database

You can either visit the open access version of the CASE database, or for the password protected version which contains fuller information, please contact us at

A description of the database, and how literature was searched for and included, is provided in Updating the CASE database: analysis of original approach.

CASE regional and local insights data

The regional and local insight data sets bring together data related to culture and sport. Where available, data for the last 5 years and by local council are given.

Data tables

Regional insights reports

The regional insights reports provide an analysis of the data tables by region, along with key statistics for 2010.

Local and regional insights: methods and resoures (PDF, 446 KB, 34 pages) provides information on how data in the tables above were sourced and constructed.

We are always looking at how best to present these data and give easy access to the most useful comparisons of interest to local areas and researchers, and what sort of analytic tools might be more beneficial.

If you work at a local level and want to make use of these data, please email:

CASE programme objectives

The objectives of the programme are to:

  • understand how far current research and data can address the questions of value and what drives people to engage in culture and sport
  • understand what types of data, analysis, research and resources CASE should provide to influence policy
  • influence policy research by producing useful data resources and tools for others to use
  • use CASE data to inform indicators and targets in future spending reviews
  • become a recognised source of culture and sports policy research

Further information

For more information on the CASE programme, you can:

CASE newsletters:

Published 22 February 2013