Research & Evaluation

Rigorous research and actionable insights

When organisations need clear insights into the sector, we provide original research and thorough evaluations. We have sector-leading capabilities in assessing the social, cultural and economic impacts of cultural and creative activities.


We meet challenging briefs that require fresh sectoral intelligence. We scope the problem before developing the solution. We identify and synthesise the best available data and information – providing a clear analysis and telling a coherent story.

We offer tailored, sector-specific economic and econometric analysis on the size, characteristics and dynamics of the cultural and creative sector.


Our team has a track record of conducting large-scale project and programme evaluations in a range of sector-specific contexts (e.g. skills development, sustainability, business support, capital projects, community empowerment, and partnership working).

We think the work the BOP team has done for us is of the highest standards and will, I’m sure, find its way into that wider policy discussion. The BOP researchers very successfully mixed traditional qualitative findings with the newer statistical modelling approach, in a way that provides us with a far more meaningful set of results than we’ve achieved through similar research in the past.

Gareth Maeer, Head of Research and Evaluation, Heritage Lottery Fund