Other Publications

This portion of our site provides more information about some custom research projects that have been commissioned from Hill Strategies Research, including links to additional information or full reports. Our clients have included arts organizations, arts associations and partnerships, arts councils, municipalities, and government departments.

4 April 2017

This report summarizes important characteristics of professional dancers with a performance career in Canada, including their dance work, their demographic and family situation, their working lives and incomes, their health and well-being, as well as their career development and transitions.

16 February 2017

Three major research streams contributed to the Arts Impact Measurement Project, conducted for Arts Council Wood Buffalo in 2015 and 2016:

  1. An online survey of the arts community in and around Fort McMurray
  2. A telephone survey, representative of all local residents
  3. Qualitative research into the importance of the arts in community resilience (following the wildfire in May 2016)

Further information and links to the project reports and graphic summaries can be found here.

17 February 2016

Significant new information and insights into the situation of the arts and culture in British Columbia were made available today by the Alliance for Arts and Culture. A ground breaking series of four arts research projects was conducted for the Alliance by Hill Strategies Research. Three of the four research streams were funded by the Vancouver Foundation.

28 May 2014

Baseline data on artists are used for multiple purposes, including as evidence for policy analysis, trend analysis, benchmarking in reporting on outcomes, analysis of particular issues such as regional or cultural equity, and the assessment of long-term impacts of arts funding. This report assesses the reliability and usefulness of potential data sources on the working lives of artists, including a close examination of the National Household Survey (NHS) and the Labour Force Survey (LFS).

6 November 2013

This report summarizes a recent research process into the indirect cultural investments in five large Canadian cities: Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, Ottawa, and Montréal. The report is based on a survey of cultural staff members in the five cities as well as follow-up interviews. The following nine elements were considered for inclusion as indirect cultural investments:

  1. Below-market or nominal rent
  2. Property tax rebates / exemptions (whether through local decision-making or provincial statutes)
  3. Free or below-market rates for advertising on city structures (e.g., bus shelters, buildings, etc.)
  4. In-kind services for festivals, special events, film, etc. (e.g., permits, fire, police, EMS, waste management, transit, etc.)
  5. Heritage conservation incentives (indirect / non-monetary)
  6. Density bonusing (i.e., allowing higher building density in return for community benefits)
  7. Community use agreements / public use of private spaces (e.g., a re-zoning condition allowing for cultural use of private space at a nominal rent)
  8. Modified planning regulations to support cultural sector (with no direct financial implications)
  9. Loan or line-of-credit guarantees by the city