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Helping you to achieve your cultural and creative potential through shared visions, strategic plans and new policies

Strategy and Policy Design

BOP enables clients to achieve their cultural and creative potential by designing new strategic approaches and policies. Creating a shared vision lies at the heart of our approach so this is the keystone of any plan or strategy.


We work at all levels, from local creative organisations or clusters, to regeneration agencies, and Mayors, to regional and national governments. We work in many ways: through commissions and enquiries, stakeholder consultations, advice to ministers and mayors, comparative policy analysis, advice on legislation, exchange and knowledge platforms.



Our Approach

Our approach is always rooted firmly in evidence and an understanding of the dynamics of a particular place or organisation. For this we draw on our depth of knowledge and experience in research and evaluation. In many cases strategy and policy design follow on from work we have done to demonstrate the potential of culture and creativity to local stakeholders.


The next step in the process is to bring stakeholders together and to align them around a set of common objectives. This is an ongoing and iterative process.


Our mantra is ‘Ask not what others can do for culture, ask what culture can do for others.’ In other words, the best way to galvanise stakeholders and unlock investment is to embed culture and creativity into broader plans for sustainable growth and development.



Relevance

This process of alignment is even more important in the post-COVID age, where climate action and social justice are now at the forefront of many planning and investment decisions.

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Visitor experience

We use our expertise to help cultural organisations and capital projects optimise their visitor experience including operational planning and delivery, business development, contract development, retail, and catering.

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Business and operational planning

Whether it is an individual cultural organisation or a public agency we create business and operational plans for established as well as new entities or initiatives.

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Scenario planning

At this time of radical uncertainty we use scenario planning techniques to analyse the drivers of change, identify risks and opportunities, develop options, and plan for a range of situations.

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Sector and cluster strategies

We devise strategies for sectors at a national and local level. Our national level work is related closely to policy design. We have a particular expertise in devising local cluster strategies which are rooted in local circumstance but respond to the wider global forces shaping the industry.

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Policy design

We work with policy-makers, funders, investors, and sector leaders to design new policies, which help to foster growth in the cultural sector. This can be on the level of advocacy, funding, partnerships, or legislation.

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Cultural and creative strategies – for cities and regions

We devise cultural and creative strategies for cities and regions, often building on the insights generated from our research and mapping work. Our approach is open, consultative, and vision-driven, with an emphasis on unlocking resources and investment, and achieving maximum impact by aligning culture and creativity with wider social, economic, and environmental imperatives.

Our Services

Strategy and Policy Design

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Featured Projects

Strategy and Policy Design

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

Building a global cultural city

Chengdu's vision to be a global cultural city through the Belt and Road Initiative. Explore our report on its international cultural position and opportunities.

Chengdu Media Group

Planning for a New Concert Hall

Our work unlocked £1 million in government funding, aiding the London Symphony Orchestra in planning a new concert hall by forecasting economic impact.

The City of London

Strategy development for a world-famous cultural foundation

Ensuring that the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation activities are aligned with impactful evaluation metrics, ensuring a purpose-driven cultural foundation.

Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation

International strategy for the UK's creative industries

We built a strategy around seven key ideas to double the value of UK creative exports from £15bn to £30 bn

UK Trade & Investment (UKTI)

A digital strategy for Asia Art Archive

Ensuring the online archives are open and accessible. Founded in 2000, Asia Art Archive manages and preserves a valuable collection of contemporary Asian art.

Asia Art Archive (AAA)

Options appraisal and business plan for Kettle's Yard

Our work helped pave the way for an application to Arts Council England for funding. Kettle's Yard secured £3.65 million in funding for gallery redevelopment.

Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge

Sustainable cultural infrastructure development in China

Sustainable approach to China’s museum and performing arts boosting international competitiveness through infrastructure development in China’s cultural sector.

UK Trade & Investment (UKTI)

World Cities Culture Report 2022

The World Cities Culture Report (WCCR) 2022 builds on the ground-breaking 2018 and 2015 Reports. It gives insights on the major challenges world cities facing.

World Cities Culture Forum (WCCF)

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

Unique case guide is co-produced with the participating cities of WCCF, highlighting city examples and a global cities approach to evidenced-based policymaking.

World Cities Culture Forum (WCCF)

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

The report on how global cities tackle climate change with cultural policies and programmes. Insights from the World Cities Culture Forum's latest report.

World Cities Culture Forum (WCCF)

Creative and Cultural Industries and Urban Revitalisation in the post-COVID era

BOP’s updated Handbook for the Inter-American Development Bank sets out strategies for sustainability and urban resilience

Inter-American Development Bank - IDB

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

Chengdu's vision to be a global cultural city through the Belt and Road Initiative. Explore our report on its international cultural position and opportunities.

Building a global cultural city

Chengdu Media Group

Our work unlocked £1 million in government funding, aiding the London Symphony Orchestra in planning a new concert hall by forecasting economic impact.

Planning for a New Concert Hall

The City of London

Ensuring that the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation activities are aligned with impactful evaluation metrics, ensuring a purpose-driven cultural foundation.

Strategy development for a world-famous cultural foundation

Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation

We built a strategy around seven key ideas to double the value of UK creative exports from £15bn to £30 bn

International strategy for the UK's creative industries

UK Trade & Investment (UKTI)

Ensuring the online archives are open and accessible. Founded in 2000, Asia Art Archive manages and preserves a valuable collection of contemporary Asian art.

A digital strategy for Asia Art Archive

Asia Art Archive (AAA)

Our work helped pave the way for an application to Arts Council England for funding. Kettle's Yard secured £3.65 million in funding for gallery redevelopment.

Options appraisal and business plan for Kettle's Yard

Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge

Sustainable approach to China’s museum and performing arts boosting international competitiveness through infrastructure development in China’s cultural sector.

Sustainable cultural infrastructure development in China

UK Trade & Investment (UKTI)

The World Cities Culture Report (WCCR) 2022 builds on the ground-breaking 2018 and 2015 Reports. It gives insights on the major challenges world cities facing.

World Cities Culture Report 2022

World Cities Culture Forum (WCCF)

Unique case guide is co-produced with the participating cities of WCCF, highlighting city examples and a global cities approach to evidenced-based policymaking.

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

World Cities Culture Forum (WCCF)

The report on how global cities tackle climate change with cultural policies and programmes. Insights from the World Cities Culture Forum's latest report.

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

World Cities Culture Forum (WCCF)

BOP’s updated Handbook for the Inter-American Development Bank sets out strategies for sustainability and urban resilience

Creative and Cultural Industries and Urban Revitalisation in the post-COVID era

Inter-American Development Bank - IDB

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. 

Kingston Creative | BOP Consulting projects
Ministry of Culture Saudi Arabia - BOP Consulting  project
Abbey Theatre - BOP Consulting  project
UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) - BOP Consulting  project
Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation - BOP Consulting  project
Asia Europe Foundation (ASEF) - BOP Consulting  project
Ukie - BOP Consulting  project
Chengdu Media Group - BOP Consulting  project
The City of London - BOP Consulting  project

Featured Articles

Strategy and Policy Design

November 4, 2021 at 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

November 22, 2023 at 12:00:00 PM

Co-founder Paul Owens joined by regional panel to discuss the Gulf’s rapidly growing sector and exciting possibilities for international collaboration.

BEYOND Conference, Ambition and Transformation: Emerging Creative R&D Practice in the Gulf

Callum Lee

May 13, 2020 at 12:00:00 AM

Nobody knows what will happen next, but we have a good idea of the three necessary steps out of the crisis.

Relief, Recovery and Renewal: navigating our way to a new kind of future

Paul Owens

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Evaluation and Impact Assessment

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Strategy and Policy Design

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Cultural Master Planning

Our expertise

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Exploring a Creative Worker Income Guarantee for Brighton and Hove

Exploring a Creative Worker Income Guarantee

JOB TITLE

BOP Consulting was appointed to outline a pilot for a Creative Worker Income Guarantee focusing on Brighton & Hove, working on behalf of the University of Sussex and the ABCD Cultural Recovery Programme. 

University of Sussex

Creative Industries and the Climate Emergency

Creative Industries and the Climate Emergency: The Path to Net Zero

JOB TITLE

In 2022, the UK’s Creative Industries Policy and Evidence Centre published for the first time a sub-sector by sub-sector overview of the Creative Industries and net zero.

Creative Industries Policy and Evidence Centre

World Cities Culture Report 2014

World Cities Culture Report 2014

JOB TITLE

This report examines the cultural offer of 24 of the world’s greatest cities. It gathers evidence on 60 cultural indicators, assessing both the supply of and demand for culture, and reports on the thinking of cultural policymakers in those places.

World Cities Culture Forum (WCCF)

World Cities Culture Forum – Culture Counts 2021

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

JOB TITLE

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

JOB TITLE

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)

World Cities Culture Forum - Culture and climate change

Culture and climate change handbook for city leaders

JOB TITLE

How can cities integrate environmental sustainability into cultural policymaking? Our new Handbook for City Leaders, highlights the role of culture in addressing the most important global challenge of the twenty-first century.

World Cities Culture Forum (WCCF)

Arts and Culture Capital, World Cities Culture Forum

Making Space for Culture – A Handbook for City Leaders

JOB TITLE

Our new ‘Making Space for Culture’ handbook for City Leaders explores how world cities across the globe are answering this question, from San Francisco to Shenzhen.

World Cities Culture Forum (WCCF)

Featured Reports

Strategy and Policy Design

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