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Data on Arts Organizations: A Review and Needs Assessment, with Design Implications

Working Paper #1, 1996

Deborah A. Kaple, Lori Morris, Ziggy Rivkin-Fish, & Paul DiMaggio

ABSTRACT

This project describes the data resources on arts organizations that are currently available to inform the efforts of policy makers, arts managers, and researchers working in the arts field. It assesses the adequacy of different data sources for identifying the population of arts and cultural organizations in a community. The report is based on a review of more than a dozen sources of information about arts and cultural organizations, interviews with researchers and data specialists, and an empirical study of arts organizations in three metropolitan areas - Philadelphia, Dallas-Fort Worth, and Minneapolis-St. Paul. The report concludes with recommendations for improving data quality and for establishing an ongoing national database on the arts sector.

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