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Taking Note

At a social science research gathering a few years ago, I was treated to a dazzling series of presentations about the measurement of subjective well-being. I saw results from life-satisfaction surveys and findings from time-use diaries that attempted to record the daily experiences people regard as...
The comprehensive budget proposal that President Obama submitted to Congress in March includes a report titled " Analytical Perspectives. " The document lists a series of "Social Indicators," data points meant to contextualize federal spending priorities. There, under the...
The poster depicted above was originally created by Katherine Milhous as part of the WPA Federal Art Project of Pennsylvania. The WPA (Work Projects Administration) was a New Deal agency in operation from 1935 to 1943. Artists sponsored by the WPA's Federal Art Project include a Who's Who...
Among the many information requests our office fields in a typical week, people occasionally ask us to reconcile sets of research findings, which, at first glance, may seem incompatible. This happened again quite recently — only this time one of the data points in question was ours. The NEA...
" My accountant says I did this at a very bad time. My stocks are down. I'm cash poor or something. I got no cash flow. I'm not liquid, something's not flowing. They got a language all their own." -Woody Allen in Manhattan , 1979 In the 1979 movie Manhattan , Isaac Davis (played by Woody Allen)...
Happy New Year from the NEA Office of Research and Analysis! To start the year off, we wanted to direct you to some of the work that has been trickling into our office over the past year from the FY12 cycle of the Research: Art Works grant program. As an introduction, FY12 was the inaugural year of...
In June 2000, the international research collaboration known as the Human Genome Project published a "rough draft" of the complete set of genetic information in humans. This milestone generated perhaps more scientific and media hype than when a final draft was completed three years later...
As my colleague Steven Shewfelt noted in a recent post , the NEA has published initial findings from the 2012 Survey of Public Participation in the Arts (SPPA). The survey tracks U.S. adult patterns of arts engagement in a variety of modes (e.g., attending, creating, learning), formats (e.g.,...
"The commonality between science and art is in trying to see profoundly—to develop strategies of seeing and showing." — Edward Tufte The NEA has partnered with the United States Census Bureau six times since 1982 to conduct the Survey of Public Participation in the Arts (SPPA...
As a developmental psychologist, I find it amusing to consider the National Endowment for the Arts’ Research: Art Works program as something of a toddler. The program has entered its third year and continues to find its footing in the larger world of research grants. I came to the NEA in...

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