Deep Dive Report

The Creative Communities programme are excited to share this first major output in spring 2023, drawing on our first year of activity and research.

‘By All, For All: The Power of Partnership’ is a deep dive scoping report and the first publication from the Creative Communities programme, which provides a robust evidence base to highlight best practice partnership working, bridges knowledge gaps and delves into a decade of AHRC data to explore community, co-creation and partnership working. The report makes a number of initial recommendations and raises questions for policy-led research agendas, informing the the programme’s phase two and phase three activity plans and our final recommendations.

You can read the full report through our website now.

You can read the full report in Welsh online now:
Gallwch ddarllen yr adroddiad llawn drwy ein gwefan nawr.


Creative Communities Programme Director, Professor Katy Shaw said:

“The Creative Community model directly addresses the UKRI strategic aim to work as a funder across an expanded research ecosystem, with communities as researchers rather than just the subjects of research. Our report profiles for the first time the social, economic and political value of cross-sector AHRC R&D involving communities as partners and identifies new opportunities for growth in key challenge areas including skills, wellbeing, environment and pride in place. Our UK regions and nations are uniquely placed to leverage new R&D partnerships and the true potential of our people and places. We are delighted that AHRC has chosen to invest in this research and Northumbria University to lead the programme.”

Professor Christopher Smith, Executive Chair, Arts and Humanities Research Council said:

“AHRC is committed to developing the best evidence base to support policy and joined up strategic thinking in the creative economy.  We know that this R&D intensive sector touches everyone, through media and performance, through innovation and adoption of technology, through regional growth and community regeneration. We have supported a number of projects and centres, and created many collaborations with governmental and non-governmental organizations.  But there has always been a risk that the size and diversity of the sector, and the multiplicity of funders, will dilute the power of the story we need to tell. This project turns a corner for our investment in the creative economy, championing the role of communities themselves, and making clear recommendations for improved coherence in our funding.”

On Wednesday 17 May 2023 the Creative Communities team, based at Northumbria University, held a webinar for an in-depth overview of the research and report recommendations. At the same time, we announced the Community Innovation Practitioner Pilot funding scheme.

You can watch a video of Director Prof Katy Shaw discussing the findings from our report online via our YouTube channel or directly on this page: 

More information about the programme is available across the website, and more detail about our future activity is explored in our three-part ‘Create Act Share’ strategy.


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