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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 Arts Endowment 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 Agenda: FY 2017‐2021

This document sets forth a five‐year research agenda for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). In preparing this agenda, the NEA’s Office of Research & Analysis (ORA) surveyed recent accomplishments in U.S cultural policy research as well as knowledge gaps identified by the research literature or from consultations within and outside the agency. The agenda itself is a crucial element of ORA’s 2017‐2021 strategic plan, which designates a series of goals and objectives for the office’s work in research and evaluation.


Research Publications
The Arts Endowment produces in-depth reports and analyses of research topics in the arts that demonstrate the value and impact of the arts in communities throughout the country.

Arts and Cultural Production Satellite Account
The National Endowment for the Arts partners with the Bureau of Economic Analysis (U.S. Department of Commerce) to provide annual reports of the economic impact of arts and culture in the United States. 

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

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.


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.

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


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


Creative Forces National Resource Center/Clinical Research Findings
Creative Forces invests in research on the impacts and benefits – physical, emotional, social, and economic – of creative arts therapies as innovative treatment methods.

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.

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