Research & Tools

ECLN Research Presentation  |  ECLN Chart 1  |  ECLN Chart 2  |  ECLN Chart 3  |  ECLN Chart 4  |  ECLN Chart 5a  |  ECLN Chart 5b  |  ECLN Chart 6  |  ECLN Chart 7a  |  ECLN Chart 7b

Research Study – Executive Summary – English  |  Research Study – Executive Summary – Croatian  Research Study – Executive Summary – Danish  |  Research Study – Executive Summary – DutchResearch Study – Executive Summary – Estonian  |  Research Study – Executive Summary – Greek  |  Research Study – Executive Summary – Italian  |  Research Study – Executive Summary – Polish  |  Research Study – Executive Summary – Slovenian  |  Research Study – Executive Summary – Spanish

ECLN Research Report, The State of Play: The Cultural and Creative Sector in Europe

The research tools above have been used in each partner’s country and the Executive Summary of the ECLN Research Study in each community language has also been published.

The European Cultural Learning Network (ECLN) research has taken place in 10 European countries.  The updated and tested ECLN research tool-kit has been used in Croatia, Cyprus, Estonia, Greece, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Slovenia, Spain, and the UK.  Partner Organisations have mapped the work of Artists, Freelance Creatives and Cultural organisations using 7 special research tools developed by ECLN.   

The first of these tools aims to indicate relationships between three levels of cultural and creative activity: the creative and cultural industries; the specialist, passionate and talented cultural enthusiasts that are committed to developing their own arts and cultural practices despite not being commercially contracted; and the generalist arts and cultural participants that engage in these activities for fun, social or broader educational purposes.

The research examines the portfolio of current and historic cultural and artistic experiences of 250 artists, freelancers or representatives of cultural organisations in order to identify any indicative trends in movement within and between these 3 levels of cultural activity.  It also examines the contexts in which cultural experiences have taken place i.e. on an individual basis, as part of a group or as part of a community of interest or practice. The tool enables individuals to track their own sequence of engagement within 9 zones of cultural learning and identify in which of these zones they currently offer cultural learning support to others.

Artists, freelance creatives and cultural organisations support cultural learning in a wide range of contexts and using different methods e.g. as part of a weekly formal education process in a classroom or as a peer-mentor in an informal writers’ group meeting monthly in a cafe.  

The research also enables an examination of who is benefiting from this type of cultural learning support, who is paying for it and how it is being currently evaluated and by whom. Artists, freelance creatives and organisations will quantify the amount of cultural learning support they do and the skills, expertise and resources they provide.

Some related research reports, studies and articles on the creative and cultural industries are available here 

Read more about the pilot testing that took place in 10 partner countries across Europe here.

Read more about the CLOCK here