Since 2014 ECBN hosts and supports the European Research Partnership to capture the full (that is: beyond economic) value of the arts, culture and creative industries and find adequate holistic evaluation methods. So far 17 types of value added have been identified.


In January 2015, an EU-wide research project “Preliminary Evidence of Spillover Effects in Europe” was launched with the aim of better understanding the methodologies that could be used to better measure spillover effects of public investment (public money awarded directly or indirectly by government funded industry bodies) in the arts, culture and the creative industries. A research alliance across Europe have contributed research to form an international evidence library. Tom Fleming Creative Consultancy was commissioned to analyse the evidence library – approximately 100 case studies (projects and activities) and their spillover effects (download the report here).