Mapping Leeds Schools' Cultural Engagement

What are we doing?

Planning for LEEDS 2023 evaluation has highlighted a need to understand the current levels of cultural engagement in schools, and a lack of data currently available on this topic.

To address this, a collaborative research project funded by Research England, will be delivered by the University of Leeds working in partnership with Leeds City Council, LEEDS 2023, Open Innovations, and The Audience Agency.

This project aims to support evidence-based policy making through the creation of a prototype open data resource that maps cultural engagement in schools across the city. We began work in January 2023, and we will be making the open data resources available on this site during June and July of this year.

How are we going this?

During this project, we are engaging with schools and the wider cultural community in several ways:

We will share the outputs from this research on this page soon.

Can you help us?

Do you work for a Leeds based organisation who might be able contribute to our prize draw to encourage participation?

Feedback from schools has suggested that incentivising survey participation will increase the response rate from schools. Potential incentives might include an online/in-school workshop, Q&A session, virtual rehearsal room access, backstage tours, ticket offer, etc.

If you can offer an incentive, please email by Friday 31st March 2023.

Want to learn more?

For more information about this project please contact Michelle at