Department for Culture Media and Sport

CASE programme

CASE is a joint programme of strategic research led by DCMS in collaboration with Arts Council England, English Heritage and Sport England.

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Building on the successful collaboration with our Arms Length Bodies, developed through Taking Part, to extend and enhance our evidence base, the CASE programme strengthens our understanding of how best to deliver high quality culture and sporting opportunities to the widest audience, bringing valuable benefits to society.


To directly influence culture and sports policy development through the development of a high-quality, cross-cutting, social and economic evidence base for our sectors.   



  • understand how far current research and data can address the fundamental questions of value and what drives people to  engage in culture and sport
  • understand what types of data, analysis, research and resources CASE should provide to influence the policy agenda
  • influence policy research by producing useful data resources and tools for others to mine
  • use CASE data to inform indicators and targets in future spending reviews
  • become a recognised source of high-quality culture and sports policy research

CASE is divided in to six areas with icons to help navigation, the infographic below gives an overview of each area. Used together they create a toolkit to help deliver high quality culture and sporting opportunities:


CASE database infographic

CASE database iconCASE database – Over 12,000 studies on engagement in culture and sport, in an online, searchable database.

Drivers iconDrivers, Impacts and Value work – Breakthrough research and evidence on engagement in culture and sport.

Culture and Heritage iconLocal Culture and Heritage Profile tool – A rich source of local information and culture and heritage data for better investment and cultural planning decisions.

Sport iconSport England Local Sport Profile tool – Bringing together data on sporting participation and provision to help local authorities.

Regional and Local iconRegional and Local Insights data – A guide for mapping your local culture and sport assets.

Mapping Asset icon Mapping Asset Guidance – Enabling accurate information on existing cultural assets for better cultural planning.

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