NCACE Evidence Hub

NCACE's Evidence Hub is concerned with addressing the need for more and better evidence on the scale, extent, nature, drivers, and broader impacts of Knowledge Exchange and collaborations between HE and the arts and culture sectors. The Evidence Hub compromises of three interrelated areas: the NCACE Blogs, a series of NCACE Evidence Café events and the NCACE Evidence Repository, which will host a number of academic and non-academic resources and is set to go live this autumn 2021.

The field of Knowledge Exchange (KE) is becoming more dynamic and ambitious and, arguably, not as concentrated on older models of technology transfer as it once was. However, more work needs to be done to establish a better evidence base and understanding of what is happening, how it is working, and why with regards to KE with the arts and culture sectors. Furthermore, this needs to be communicated more widely and as such, NCACE is committed to making a substantial contribution to systemising and expanding this knowledge base.

It is anticipated that the Evidence Hub will house the following types of materials; in-depth interviews drawn from those leading or co-designing KE initiatives between the arts and research; Syntheses of ongoing Literature Reviews of key papers, reports and other texts; Impacts and other case-studies drawn both from HE, the arts and elsewhere as appropriate, with a focus on the following areas: health, climate change, place-making and technology for social good.

The Evidence Repository will also host other relevant materials including academic papers, reports, blogs, toolkits, videos, vlogs, guides, surveys, and other resources as appropriate relating to the field. 

We launched the NCACE Evidence Café in March 2021 and these sessions are now held on a bi-monthly basis. Past and upcoming Café events can be found on our Activities page.

In early 2021, we developed a survey in partnership with Arts Professional to capture insights on collaborations with Higher Education Institutions from the perspective of professionals within the arts and cultural sector. A snapshot summary of these findings can be found here: Download NCACE's Arts Professional Survey - Snapshot Findings

We also hosted our first annual policy event in June 2021 in alignment with our placemaking theme. ‘Collaborations in Placemaking: Shining a Light on the Contribution of Higher Education and Cultural Partnerships’ highlighted the growing role of place-based partnerships, with representatives from Higher Education, the arts and cultural sector, local authorities and the private sector. Case studies and good practice guides were shared regarding the benefits and challenges of collaborations.

We are delighted to announce our first three research publications:


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