Data, Diversity and Inequality in the Creative Industries

Lead Research Organisation: University of Sheffield
Department Name: Sheffield Methods Institute

Abstract

The project will support fellowships that aim to support:
- some of the UK's most talented researchers and nurture future leaders
- the broader skills development of high-calibre recent doctoral graduates in the art and humanities, particularly in relation to working with partners to support the wider impact of research.
- projects broadly aligned with the core themes, challenges and opportunities that are highlighted in the Industrial Strategy Green paper
- research which is cross-disciplinary and innovation-orientated
- the best international talent

Planned Impact

see Case for Support

Publications

10 25 50
 
Description The research funded on this grant has explored questions of data, diversity and inequality in the creative industries. Through four different projects with partners in the creative economy, we have explored attitudes towards the collection and analysis of data, in the workforce and in audiences, using a range of qualitative and quantitative methods. As the projects were short in duration and the grant only finished recently, the findings are yet to be published in academic contexts.

However, one of the projects has some provisional findings posted on the web:
https://ahrc-blog.com/2018/10/26/a-question-of-class-how-do-social-inequality-metrics-work-in-cultural-organisations/
https://www.artscouncil.org.uk/blog/inequality-challenge-arts

Updated 2020: key findings have now been published in https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/1369118X.2020.1736122 and https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/polopoly_fs/1.867756!/file/MetricsWorkingPaper.pdf
Exploitation Route The work with the BBC is ongoing, and it's too early to draw conclusions (though please also see the ResearchFish entry for the "What constitutes 'good' data in the creative economy?")

However, metrics for the measurement of social mobility in arts organisations have been introduced as a direct consequence of this project. Please see https://www.artscouncil.org.uk/developing-creativity-and-culture/diversity, under "Digging into socio-economic diversity"
Sectors Creative Economy,Digital/Communication/Information Technologies (including Software),Culture, Heritage, Museums and Collections

 
Description These are most pronounced in the case of the work with Arts Council England where specific measures of social mobility have been introduced into the annual survey as a direct consequence of the research.
First Year Of Impact 2019
Sector Creative Economy,Digital/Communication/Information Technologies (including Software),Culture, Heritage, Museums and Collections
Impact Types Cultural,Policy & public services

 
Description HK Select Committee
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Gave evidence to a government review
URL https://www.parliament.uk/business/committees/committees-a-z/commons-select/science-and-technology-c...
 
Description Living with data: knowledge, experiences and perceptions of data practices
Amount £286,543 (GBP)
Organisation Nuffield Foundation 
Sector Charity/Non Profit
Country United Kingdom
Start 09/2019 
End 12/2021
 
Description Public Trust in Data Driven Systems and AI Futures
Amount £12,500 (GBP)
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 07/2019 
End 10/2019
 
Description Social inequalities in the creative economy over time and place: connecting workforce, programming and consumption
Amount £182,818 (GBP)
Funding ID AH/S004394/1 
Organisation Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2019 
End 12/2020
 
Description Understanding and challenging inequality in culture
Amount £195,267 (GBP)
Funding ID AH/S004483/1 
Organisation Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 02/2019 
End 01/2021
 
Description What Constitutes 'Good Data' in the Creative Economy? Case studies in media and cultural industries
Amount £200,006 (GBP)
Funding ID AH/S012109/1 
Organisation Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2019 
End 06/2019
 
Description Lorna DC Labs 
Organisation ESL Europe
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Undertaking data analysis using ESL data, through DC Labs (University of York)
Collaborator Contribution Data shared for analysis
Impact none
Start Year 2019
 
Description Orian National Theatre 
Organisation Royal National Theatre
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Orian Brook's fellowship was in collaboration with the RNT, undertaking analysis of data
Collaborator Contribution The RNT provided data for analysis, as well as staff time
Impact Ongoing
Start Year 2019
 
Description Robin BBC 
Organisation British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution This consisted of working with the BBC on public attitudes to data practices. The research team (in this case Robin Steedman as fellow and Helen Kennedy as co-I) worked with the BBC to collect and analyse data on public attitudes. Please also see the followup RF submission on the project "What constitutes 'good' data in the creative economy?", linked to this project in the "Further funding" section.
Collaborator Contribution The BBC facilitated access and dedicated Rhianne Jones' time, as well as providing funding to Robin Steedman after the end of the grant.
Impact https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/1369118X.2020.1736122
Start Year 2018
 
Description Susan ACE 
Organisation Arts Council England
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Working with Arts Council England in considering their data practices, around how they collect data on social class from people working in organisations they fund
Collaborator Contribution Facilitating access to arts organisations, significant staff time. ACE also employed the Fellow for a period following the end of the grant
Impact https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/polopoly_fs/1.867754!/file/MetricsPolicyBriefing.pdf https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/polopoly_fs/1.867756!/file/MetricsWorkingPaper.pdf
Start Year 2018
 
Description HK DWP talks 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Two talks at DWP: Algorithmic Bias, 28/02/2019 & Data-drive systems and inequalities, 28/03/2019. Both talks by Helen Kennedy based on the BBC strand of the project
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description HK Digital Futures 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Digital Futures? at Whitehall, BSA Presidential Event, 22 November 2018. Helen Kennedy gave a talk on data futures based on BBC project
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description SO ACE Webinar 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact This was a webinar for people working in the arts about the introduction of the measures for measuring social mobility as part of Susan Oman's fellowship.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c1RncRZbh5E