Research & Analysis

Research & Analysis

Research into the value and impact of the arts is a core function of the National Endowment for the Arts. Through accurate, relevant, and timely analyses and reports, the NEA elucidates the factors, conditions, and characteristics of the U.S. arts ecosystem and the impact of the arts on other domains of American life.

Research & Analysis Fact Sheet | NEA Research Agenda FY2017-2021 | Shortcut to Findings


Research & Analysis Director

Sunil Iyengar
Sunil Iyengar directs the Office of Research & Analysis at the National Endowment for the Arts. Under his leadership, the...


Bushra Akbar
Program/Data Analyst,
Patricia Germann
Research Administrative Officer,
Melissa Menzer
Program Analyst,
Bonnie Nichols
Operations Research Analyst,
Patricia Moore Shaffer
Supervisory Program Analyst,
Krystal Tomlin

Recent Grants

Medal of Arts

An online grant search is available to find information on NEA grants from 2000 to the present.

National Initiatives

Arts & Human Development Task Force
The federal interagency task force established in 2011 to encourage research on the arts and human potential.

National Endowment for the Arts Research Labs
Transdisciplinary research teams investigating the value and impact of the arts.

Creative Forces: NEA Military Healing Arts Network
Creative arts therapies at the core of patient-centered care for military members, veterans, and their families.

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Neurobiologist and director of the Auditory Neuroscience Laboratory at Northwestern University


Arts Data Profile Series
Collections of statistics, graphics, and summary results from data-mining about the arts.

National Archive of Data on Arts and Culture
Hosted by the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research at the University of Michigan.

Program Evaluation and Performance Measurement
Links to online resources about program evaluation and performance measurement for arts organizations.

Research Convenings 
National gatherings with researchers and arts and community experts.

UMass Amherst NEA Archives Collection
A digitization of more than 40 years of publications on the arts and arts management.


This report analyzes six federal datasets—but predominantly the American Community Survey and the Current Population Survey—to capture a statistical profile of 11 artist occupations and several types of cultural workers...
This report is based on analysis of the 2015 American Housing Survey—specifically an arts module that was co-authored by researchers at the National Endowment of the Arts and the U.S...


Research Grants in the Arts Study Findings
Working papers, publications, and presentations that so far have resulted from NEA Research Grants in the Arts funding.