DPA carries out research to understand the scale and impact of cultural and creative businesses on local and regional economies. Using existing data, or carrying out or commissioning primary research, we are interested in how local leadership – political and cultural – can best understand the local strengths to be built on and the connections that can be made between the creative and cultural sectors and other parts of the economy.

In Camden, DPA led a research assignment which mapped the creative and cultural sector throughout the borough in 2009. This is part of a sequence of research and development activities in DPA’s home borough. This includes mapping the creative sector in 2003, 2007, 2009 and 2010; scoping and helping set up Create KX; a B2B network for the borough’s largest employers; and a series of case studies commissioned from DPA.

In Portsmouth and Urban South Hampshire, PUSH has developed a successful strategy for investment in creative and cultural workspace, based on DPA's mapping and analysis of workspace supply and demand across the county.

Cultural Footprints: DPA’s Debra Reay conducted the first Cultural Footprint audits of their kind for the University of Brightonand another for the three Universities in Canterbury (Canterbury Christ Church University, University of Kent and University College of the Creative Arts). Jointly commissioned with Arts Council England South East, the audits set out the resources and programmes through which the Universities variously contribute to their locality and propose starting points for more effective joint working.

London studios advocacy, Artists' studios in the five Olympic boroughs, 2008: National Federation of Artists Studio Providerswith Arts Council England LB Newham commissioned DPA to review the potential impacts of London’s Olympic project on the 35 studio providers with property in the Olympic Zone.

David Powell authored Northern Arts - Case for Capital which set out the scale of the region’s ambition and paved the way for investment in BALTIC, The Sage and more than a £100m investment in capital in the region.

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