CPANDA Mission Statement

The core mission of the Cultural Policy & the Arts National Data Archive (CPANDA) was to acquire, archive, document and preserve high quality data sets on key topics in arts and cultural policy, and make them available in a user-friendly format to scholars, journalists, policy makers, artists, cultural organizations, and the public. Through its work, CPANDA sought to:

  • Guide researchers to sources of high quality information about arts & cultural policy issues, including data sets, bibliographic materials, original analyses, and links to other web resources.
  • Stimulate the ongoing collection and dissemination of high quality baseline data on artists, arts and cultural organizations, arts funding, arts education, the arts and economic development, public participation in the arts, attitudes towards the arts, and other topics relevant to cultural policy-making.
  • Promote the development of uniform standards for the collection and reporting of policy-relevant data in order to improve the accuracy and quality of information available about the cultural sector.
  • Contribute new knowledge to the academic field of arts and cultural policy studies through syntheses and secondary analyses of existing research.
  • Encourage talented students and emerging scholars to take an interest in research on arts and cultural policy issues.
  • Improve journalists' awareness of, access to information about, and understanding of key cultural policy issues, in order to increase the clarity, accuracy, sophistication and amount of journalistic coverage given to the nation's artistic and cultural life.
  • Promote open and equitable access to archived data, by working closely with data producers, funding agencies, and the arts and cultural policy research community to encourage the depositing and sharing of data.