Our Impact

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“The Cultural Data Project is a real gift to the arts community in Illinois. In addition to being a powerful business tool for arts managers and cultural institutions, CDP provides advocates with comprehensive data to make the case about the impact, assets and needs of the creative sector.”

- Ra Joy, Executive Director, Arts Alliance Illinois

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Who We Serve

Through the collection and dissemination of comprehensive, high-quality longitudinal data, the CDP serves the following three constituencies:

Grantmakers

Participating in the CDP is a strategic investment in the arts and cultural sector.  In addition to supporting the creation of a national database for use in research and advocacy, grantmakers support the capacity building of their applicants and receive consistent, reliable reports customized to meet the needs of each funding program. 

Researchers and Advocates

Through carefully crafted projects, researchers and advocates can use CDP data to tell a detailed, fact-based story about the sector’s impact, assets and needs, help identify opportunities and challenges for organizations and the field, and ultimately increase cultural policy expertise.

Cultural Organizations

Arts and cultural organizations now have access to a user-friendly online management tool designed to strengthen their organizations, lessen the burden of preparing grant application materials and simplify the generation of reports that can help to make an effective case for support to donors and policymakers.