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We understand the transformative potential of the culture and creative industries (CCIs)

Research, Data and Insight

For 25 years BOP has set the standard for research into culture and creative industries (CCIs). 


We believe in the transformative power of data to change perceptions and galvanise decision-making. We seek to make an impact on our clients and their stakeholders with our findings, through the rigour of our research, the clarity of presentation and the use of the latest data visualisation methods.


Our work has shone new light on the CCIs and their potential to transform people and places. Insights generated have informed the decision-making of national governments, mayors, and cultural leaders across the globe, and we have helped to design standard data frameworks for international agencies like UNESCO, for national governments and for city leaders worldwide.


The triennial World Cities Culture Report is the most comprehensive existing compendium of data on culture and the world’s largest cities. It has pushed culture up the urban agenda and helped policy-makers align the development of a city's cultural offer with broader economic, social, and environmental goals.



Our Approach

BOP continues to pioneer innovative approaches to understanding the nature and dynamics of these cultural industries. Our extensive toolkit draws on official data, specialised cultural statistics, frameworks, industry intelligence, and open ‘big’ data sources. This provides a wide and deep view of the sector, generating new evidence and insights which can be used as the basis for decision-making.


Whilst we use recognised frameworks and methods to ensure robustness and enable comparability, our research is always tailored to the unique needs of the client. Our research offer is always


  • Responsive to immediate challenges and dilemmas

  • Rigorous, objective, and open to external scrutiny

  • Reliable, using standard, widely accepted methods, and frameworks

  • Innovative, and constantly drawing on new data sources

  • Practical, providing evidence for business decisions



Relevance

As we enter the new post-COVID age our research capabilities are more important than ever to our clients as they assess the impact of the pandemic and plan for a different kind of future where they are contending with ongoing changes across the sector as well as larger shifts including climate change and technology.



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Evidence and literature reviews

We undertake literature and evidence reviews – from rapid scans to in-depth systemic analysis – to put the best and latest information and knowledge in the hands of decision-makers.

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Sector mapping

We use a range of data source methods to reveal the full nature and extent of the cultural and creative sectors. Our research generates insights into the growth potential of the sector and how it relates to important economic, social, and environmental agendas.

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Industry trends and forecasting

We keep policy-makers and decision-makers up to speed with the deep trends that are shaping the future of the CCIs, and how policy and investment can respond to and take advantage of these opportunities. We have specialised knowledge of how digital technologies are revolutionising the CCIs and their role in sustainable development.

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Innovative data frameworks

We devise innovative data frameworks which help inform policy and decision-makers to make sense of fast-moving, often fragmented sectors, creating a solid foundation for evidence-based policy-making. See World Cities Culture Report.

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Policy briefings and white papers

We bring sophisticated policy-analysis to bear on the core data about the sector, to explore how the CCIs can contribute to wider agendas whether this be sustainable development, urban planning, infrastructure, skills and entrepreneurship, tourism, or climate action.

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Market scoping appraisals and demand assessments

We collect and collate data on current and future market demand and translate this into practical commercial advice for future investment decisions.

Our Services

Research, Data and Insight

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Featured Projects

Research, Data and Insight

Through our work managing and leading the  World Cities Culture Forum  and through projects in Europe, South America, the Middle East and Asia, our work has set the agenda for some of the most pressing urban cultural policy opportunities and challenges of the day. 

UNESCO's Re|Shaping Policies for Creativity Report – Addressing culture as a global public good

Building on our contribution to the second edition of the report in 2018, BOP has led as the Data and Research partner on this report to help find out how policies can protect people working in the creative and cultural sectors.

UNESCO

Opportunities and Challenges of AI for the Cultural and Creative Industries

We investigated the potential impact of AI on the cultural and creative industries.

European Commission

Culture: The cornerstone of the UK’s high streets

Our research into the UK's high streets found that 69% of people think culture on their high street makes their area a better place to live.

Arts Council England

Leveraging the creative potential of Downtown Kingston through technology

Our strategy will guide the creation of a new digital service aiming at supporting and developing the creative scene in Downtown Kingston.

Inter-American Development Bank - IDB

Protect urban heritage to prevent growth in inequality

Our new research report for the National Trust

National Trust

Ireland’s live entertainment sector

Our research into the sector’s economic and cultural impact

Wide Awake Communications

Reshaping cultural policies

Our research for UNESCO's major report on Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions

UNESCO

UK China collaboration moves up the agenda after Brexit

Our research revealed opportunities for collaboration between UK and China’s Museum and Theatre sectors

UK Trade & Investment (UKTI)

UK China cross-border equity crowdfunding

Our research paved the way for a future UK China cross-border equity crowdfunding solution

ShareIn

Research into digital making

We mapped the organisations that provide training and learning opportunities to young people in digital making. Our findings contributed to a State of the Nation report on digital making.

Nesta

Comparative study of online copyright enforcement policies

Our comparative study helps support improved enforcement of online copyright.

Intellectual Property Office

Strategic review and action planning for the creative industries in Jordan

Our research provided the evidence and insight for an action plan for the development of the sector.

EUNIC

Building on our contribution to the second edition of the report in 2018, BOP has led as the Data and Research partner on this report to help find out how policies can protect people working in the creative and cultural sectors.

UNESCO's Re|Shaping Policies for Creativity Report – Addressing culture as a global public good

UNESCO

We investigated the potential impact of AI on the cultural and creative industries.

Opportunities and Challenges of AI for the Cultural and Creative Industries

European Commission

Our research into the UK's high streets found that 69% of people think culture on their high street makes their area a better place to live.

Culture: The cornerstone of the UK’s high streets

Arts Council England

Our strategy will guide the creation of a new digital service aiming at supporting and developing the creative scene in Downtown Kingston.

Leveraging the creative potential of Downtown Kingston through technology

Inter-American Development Bank - IDB

Our new research report for the National Trust

Protect urban heritage to prevent growth in inequality

National Trust

Our research into the sector’s economic and cultural impact

Ireland’s live entertainment sector

Wide Awake Communications

Our research for UNESCO's major report on Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions

Reshaping cultural policies

UNESCO

Our research revealed opportunities for collaboration between UK and China’s Museum and Theatre sectors

UK China collaboration moves up the agenda after Brexit

UK Trade & Investment (UKTI)

Our research paved the way for a future UK China cross-border equity crowdfunding solution

UK China cross-border equity crowdfunding

ShareIn

We mapped the organisations that provide training and learning opportunities to young people in digital making. Our findings contributed to a State of the Nation report on digital making.

Research into digital making

Nesta

Our comparative study helps support improved enforcement of online copyright.

Comparative study of online copyright enforcement policies

Intellectual Property Office

Our research provided the evidence and insight for an action plan for the development of the sector.

Strategic review and action planning for the creative industries in Jordan

EUNIC

SELECTED CLIENTS

For over 25 years, BOP has grown a dynamic global community of interest driven by a belief in the transformational power of culture and the creative industries. We have worked in over 50 countries with clients from international agencies to national and regional government departments, to city Mayors and regeneration bodies, and individual cultural and creative businesses. 

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Contemporary Visual Arts Network - BOP Consulting project
High Speed 2 (HS2) - BOP Consulting project
Wide Awake Communications - BOP Consulting  project
National Lottery Heritage Fund - BOP Consulting project
Intellectual Property Office - BOP Consulting  project
Nesta - BOP Consulting  project
EUNIC - BOP Consulting  project
Ukie - BOP Consulting  project
UNESCO - BOP Consulting  project
Churches Conservation Trust - BOP Consulting  project

Featured Articles

Research, Data and Insight

Green Cities helping climate change through culture and sustainability

November 4, 2021, 11:00:00 PM

How are major cities around the world responding to climate change through cultural policies and programmes?

The Green World Cities of Tomorrow: Culture and Sustainability

Paul Owens

Culture and the Climate Emergency

April 22, 2021, 12:00:00 AM

5 Priorities for World Cities in the post-covid recovery period

Culture and the Climate Emergency

Paul Owens

Culture and the Recovery: Levelling Up Culture?

December 4, 2020, 12:00:00 AM

Culture can play an important role in recovery and renewal across the UK, if the right local decision-making is put in place

Culture and the Recovery: Levelling Up Culture?

Callum Lee

COVID-19: Government support packages for culture and creative industries #3

August 21, 2020, 12:00:00 AM

Three big questions as applications close for Arts Council England’s Cultural Recovery Fund

COVID-19: Government support packages for culture and creative industries #3

Paul Owens

COVID-19: Government support packages for culture and creative industries #2

July 30, 2020, 12:00:00 AM

The UK’s £1.57 billion recovery package: priorities for a New Deal

COVID-19: Government support packages for culture and creative industries #2

Paul Owens

COVID-19: Cities, Culture and the 3 ‘P’s: powers, partnerships, place

July 20, 2020, 12:00:00 AM

Cities are using their unique capabilities to lead recovery and renewal

COVID-19: Cities, Culture and the 3 ‘P’s: powers, partnerships, place

Paul Owens

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RE | SHAPING POLICIES FOR CREATIVITY – Addressing culture as a global public good; UNESCO Report

RE | SHAPING POLICIES FOR CREATIVITY – Addressing culture as a global public good

JOB TITLE

This report offers insightful new data that shed light on emerging trends at a global level, as well as putting forward policy recommendations to foster creative ecosystems that contribute to a sustainable world by 2030 and beyond.

UNESCO

Culture and High Streets – Final Report

Culture and High Streets – Final Report

JOB TITLE

This report points to a body of evidence that demonstrates the role culture and creativity plays in attracting footfall to the high street, generating spend and creating civic pride.

Arts Council England

World Cities Culture Forum – Culture Counts 2021

Culture Counts: New Approaches to Evidence Based Cultural Policymaking
in World Cities

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This Case Guide is co-produced with the participating cities of WCCF. All of the city examples in this document are presented as ‘use cases’ of cultural data in which we highlight relevant questions and outcomes, and direct readers to further readings.

World Cities Culture Forum (WCCF)

Culture and Sustainability Green cities Report Prepared for WCCF

The Green World Cities of Tomorrow: Culture and Sustainability – Special Report Prepared for WCCF Global Conversation

JOB TITLE

The report published by the World Cities Culture Forum looks at how major cities around the world are responding to climate change through cultural policies and programmes.

World Cities Culture Forum (WCCF)

Arts and Culture Capital, World Cities Culture Forum

World Cities Culture Report 2018

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This is the most comprehensive report ever published about culture and the role it plays in shaping life in major cities worldwide. The report is based on extensive data and practice research to reveal how 35 major global cities are in the vanguard of policymaking.

World Cities Culture Forum (WCCF)

Mapping culture spending in World Cities Culture Finance Report

World Cities Culture Finance Report

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Our World Cities Culture Finance Report, is the first global comparative study to examine how much is spent on culture in world cities, by whom, and where the money goes.

World Cities Culture Forum (WCCF)

Scottish Animation Sector Creative Scotland BOP Consulting, Creative Scotland's Film Sector

Review of the Scottish Animation Sector

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We find that while Scotland’s animation sector produces high quality work in a range of formats it does not create a high volume of work. The sector is small and struggles to sustain itself in the face of global market competition.

Creative Scotland

Arts Council England Review of the Cultural Compact, Impacts of the pandemic

Review of the Cultural Compacts Initiative

JOB TITLE

The purpose of this report is to consider how we can radically increase the ability of our cities to use culture to drive inclusive growth.

Arts Council England

Featured Reports

Research, Data and Insight