We will build the necessary capacity and expertise to ensure that our decisions are informed by ongoing research and evaluation.

Evidence-based strategic development for the cultural and creative sectors requires a joint research plan which brings together expertise from other research centres and authorities. In so doing, we will be creating a knowledge base that assists us in reviewing our work and the performance of the sectors. Our research programme is also designed to generate more debate on cultural matters in the public domain.

We will share our research through publications aimed to serve as sources of information to the wider creative and cultural sector. This will be delivered through yearly research projects that will focus on a specific cultural policy area which will include an evaluation of a thematically linked funding programme and ongoing studies for policy recommendations. In addition to this, a yearly overview of the performance of our funding programmes will be compiled in order to demonstrate their impact and outcomes to applicants, artists, Government and the public at large.

This aims to achieve:

  • Knowledge transfer with various stakeholders;
  • Recommendations for the development of the National Culture Policy framework;
  • A stronger knowledge base and contributions to the advancement of cultural research on a national  and international level;
  • Research methodologies that provide us with tools to evaluate and benchmark our work.

Our research plan for the next five years is built on five research areas:


External links of interest

Final Report on Cultural and Creative Spillovers published in October 2015. This report was commissioned and funded by the european centre for creative economy (ecce), Arts Council England (ACE), Arts Council of Ireland, European Cultural Foundation (ECF) and the European Creative Business Network (ECBN). Arts Council Malta is among the research partners involved with Tom Fleming Creative Consultancy who authored the report.

Special Eurobarometer 399 - Cultural Access and Participation 2013 published in November 2013. In here Malta is compared with other EU members in terms of engagement in cultural activities, involvement in artistic activities, use of internet for cultural purposes and barriers to cultural participation.

Compendiums of cultural policies and trends in Europe. Malta’s cultural policy country profile can also be downloaded and accessed from here.