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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

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. 

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

Assisting Chengdu to assesses its cultural position internationally and where opportunities lay

Chengdu Media Group

Planning for a New Concert Hall

Our work helped unlock £1 million in government funding for London Symphony Orchestra.

The City of London

A digital strategy for Asia Art Archive

Ensuring the online archives are open and accessible.

Asia Art Archive (AAA)

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)

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 towards redevelopment of their gallery exhibiting contemporary and modern art.

Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge

Strategy development for a world-famous cultural foundation

Ensuring that the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation’s activities are aligned with their overall aims

Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation

Sustainable cultural infrastructure development in China

Supporting sustainable approaches to museum and performing arts infrastructure

UK Trade & Investment (UKTI)

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

Cultural Infrastructure for the 21st Century

How is China influencing the future of Cultural Tourism?

Chengdu Media Group

Sharing Operations and Visitor Experience insight

UK-wide study of visitor experience practice provides new benchmarks for cultural and visitor attractions

VE:Forum

An evidence-base for the growing Gulf festivals sector

New skills research in the Gulf Co-operation Council States

British Council

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

Assisting Chengdu to assesses its cultural position internationally and where opportunities lay

Building a global cultural city

Chengdu Media Group

Our work helped unlock £1 million in government funding for London Symphony Orchestra.

Planning for a New Concert Hall

The City of London

Ensuring the online archives are open and accessible.

A digital strategy for Asia Art Archive

Asia Art Archive (AAA)

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)

The BOP team helped pave the way for an application to Arts Council England to secure £3.65 million in funding.

Our work helped pave the way for an application to Arts Council England for funding. Kettle’s Yard secured £3.65 million towards redevelopment of their gallery exhibiting contemporary and modern art.

Options appraisal and business plan for Kettle's Yard

Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge

Ensuring that the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation’s activities are aligned with their overall aims

Strategy development for a world-famous cultural foundation

Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation

Supporting sustainable approaches to museum and performing arts infrastructure

Sustainable cultural infrastructure development in China

UK Trade & Investment (UKTI)

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

How is China influencing the future of Cultural Tourism?

Cultural Infrastructure for the 21st Century

Chengdu Media Group

UK-wide study of visitor experience practice provides new benchmarks for cultural and visitor attractions

Sharing Operations and Visitor Experience insight

VE:Forum

New skills research in the Gulf Co-operation Council States

An evidence-base for the growing Gulf festivals sector

British Council

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

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

Central London’s celebrated

September 23, 2020, 12:00:00 AM

This focused, coordinated set of measures can not only rescue the sector, but position it to lead the recovery

Central London’s celebrated cultural offer is in peril

Jonathan Todd

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

COVID-19: Government support packages for culture and creative industries #1

July 7, 2020, 12:00:00 AM

Investing in recovery, planning for transformation

COVID-19: Government support packages for culture and creative industries #1

Paul Owens

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Research, Data and Insight

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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

Read about how we can help you with your projects

World Cities Culture Report 2014

World Cities Culture Report 2014

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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

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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

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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)

World Cities Culture Forum - Culture and climate change

Culture and climate change handbook for city leaders

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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

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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)

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)

Creative Industries toolkit pdf report

Creative Industries A Toolkit for Cities and Regions

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The Creative Industries toolkit highlights examples of how creative industries have created economic, social and cultural benefits in different regions, and identifies steps to ensure these benefits are fully realised across the UK.

Creative Industries Council

Featured Reports

Strategy and Policy Design