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:
- CASE database - over 12,000 studies on engagement in culture and sport, in an online, searchable database
- drivers, impacts and value work - research and evidence on engagement in culture and sport
- Local culture and heritage profile tool - source of local information, culture and heritage data for better investment and cultural planning decisions
- Local sport profile tool - collecting data on sporting participation and provision to help local councils
- regional and local insights data - a guide for mapping local culture and sport assets
- mapping asset guidance - guidance to help develop better knowledge of local supply of culture and sport for better planning
The CASE database infographic gives an overview of each area.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
- CASE economy data
- Capital investment data
- Non-capital investment data
- Tourism data
- Education data
- Community and well-being data
- Engagement data
- Physical asset data
Regional insights reports
The regional insights reports provide an analysis of the data tables by region, along with key statistics for 2010.
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: email@example.com.
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
For more information on the CASE programme, you can:
- subscribe to the CASE newletter and read the latest edition (August 2012)
- search for the hashtag #CASEprog on twitter
- join the debate on the CASE blog
- email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions or comments