Through carefully crafted projects, researchers and advocates can use the 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. CDP data is based on board-approved audits or year-end financial statements, so you can be sure that it is the best data available for research and advocacy. Using data already collected by the CDP allows you to focus on interpretation and analysis rather than data collection.
In order to ensure the integrity of the data, only data that has been reviewed by the Help Desk and User Support staff can be used for research. Data is available from all participating states at no cost — view a map of participating states.
Access to the data
Qualified researchers or consultants who meet the following criteria can submit a request to access the data. The researcher/consultant must:
- have a previous record of producing similar types of research reports;
- have a reputation for producing high-quality, objective work-products;
- have experience in reporting on the nonprofit cultural sector;
- understand the population being analyzed and the unique nature of the sector;
- have the capacity to craft high-level messages from detailed information;
- have the technical capacity and resources to analyze a large volume of data.
If the request is approved, the researcher/consultant will enter into a non-negotiable research licensing agreement with CDP and must agree to the following:
- use of CDP data is non-exclusive and limited to the scope of the research project;
- disclosure or publication of an individual organization’s data by name is not permitted;
- commercial use of the data is not permitted;
- acknowledge CDP as source of data;
- include statement on all resulting publications that analysis and findings of the research are solely the opinion of the researcher/consultant;
- provide all resulting research/reports to the CDP upon completion.
Request access to the data
- In order to request access to the data, researchers must complete a Data Use Application (PDF or Word format). Please review the FAQs regarding CDP data and the process for approving data requests. In order for us to become familiar with your previous research activities, please attach your resume/curriculum vitae and a copy of any recently published research.
- You can contact us here.