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Taking Note

Our Research office takes a look at two reports profiling the educational and certification achievements of middle and high school teachers.
In discussions of STEM education and policy, there is a group that has routinely felt excluded—a group that has taken pains to articulate its contributions to job growth, economic competitiveness, and individual and societal health. Hang on—this isn’t yet another blog post about STEAM (Science,...
Earlier this year, the NEA announced “new indices of arts participation” in a research report based on the 2012 Survey of Public Participation in the Arts (SPPA). The indices covered a broader range of arts activities than the Arts Endowment typically had reported in the past. This new reporting...
Last month, at the invitation of the U.S. Embassy in Dublin, I took part in a conference titled "Creative Minds: The Importance of the Creative Economy in the U.S.-Irish Relationship." The brainchild of Ambassador Kevin O'Malley and his staff, the April 23 event in Dublin was one of a series being...
As a research psychologist trained in studying childhood development, I often pose two questions in my role at the National Endowment for the Arts. One, what is the quality of the evidence suggesting that artistic and creative activities affect child outcomes, and two, what can researchers,...
The nation's museums and libraries are taking prodigious steps to bring their most prized collections of artistic and cultural heritage online. But what about data concerning those institutions? If we increasingly have the chance to view a painting, piece of sculpture, or rare manuscript from any...
As we close out Black History Month, we wanted to take Big Read Friday to share a few writers' thoughts on what it has meant to be African-American, and how their background has influenced their writing. Click on each author or poet's name for an in-depth interview. "You begin to love...
Tener duende, to have a certain magic Last month, the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, in partnership with the NEA's Office of Research & Analysis (ORA), released the 2014 Arts and Cultural Production Satellite Account (ACPSA). Top-line statistics from the account include the share of U.S...
[Just before the holidays last year, the NEA released a report jointly produced by its Office of Research & Analysis and the UK’s Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC). Titled Measuring Cultural Engagement: A Quest for New Terms, Tools, and Techniques, the report is unlike other...
Which is easier to identify: a sour note or a faltering business model? The fact that millions tune into American Idol each week, and can immediately identify the tone-deaf contestants immediately, should give the nod to the sour note. In contrast, even if some ludicrous businesses were included...

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