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The Canada Council for the Arts is passionate about knowledge mobilization and the promotion of an innovative, data driven culture in support of public funding of the arts in Canada.

About Research, Evaluation and Performance Measurement

The Research, Evaluation and Performance Measurement Section undertakes evidence-based research, program evaluation and performance measurement activities related to the Council’s priorities and commitments, as well as sector-wide trends in the arts.

Our work supports decision-making and promotes the value of the Council’s investment in the arts. The research initiatives, methodologies and tools the Section develops have been recognized internationally for their pioneering and original approach.

Have a question, comment or query about our research? Please do get in touch. Contact us at

Why we do research, evaluation and performance measurement

Our rigorous approach to collecting, analyzing and publishing data supports decision-making, program design, and the demonstration of results. Our engagement with the sector and the public through tools such as data visualization and the provision of open data support knowledge sharing and sector development, as well as promote accountability and transparency.

What we do

  • Produce and publish research about the Council’s activities;
  • Conduct ongoing performance measurement activities for and about the Council’s activities;
  • Undertake program evaluations for the Council;
  • Mapping the arts ecology;
  • Commission and publish research reports on a number of issues aligned with the Council’s strategic priority areas; and
  • Support external research on the arts through partnerships and collaborations.

How we work

We use an evidence-based practice to undertake robust, relevant, and timely data analyses, evaluations and performance measurement. In-depth research projects allow the Council to be at the forefront of knowledge about Canadian arts and culture and to communicate the impact of its investments. Our research goals are also advanced through partnerships, consultations with key stakeholders and sharing data with partners.

Stats and Stories

Stats and Stories is an interactive website that presents a breadth of information about the Canada Council’s funding. It includes breakdowns of disciplinary funding, five-year funding trends, open data tables and stories about what artists and arts organizations did with their grants.


communities grants were awarded


in grants and prizes awarded

Opening Doors to Canadian Arts Data

We offer the public detailed statistical data regarding our grant recipients in formatted Excel documents and in a machine readable format (.csv). Data can be sorted by programs, regions (e.g. community and census metropolitan area) and can also be added to other databases on arts and culture activities and organizations in Canada.  Get a better understanding and learn more about Open Data from our blog.

If you’ve used our data let us know. We might share your results on social media. Send us an email.

Research Library

Browse the archive of our research reports and publications. You can explore these by year, searching by author or publisher.

Have a question, comment or query about our research or our research library? Please do get in touch. Contact us:

Discover our Research Library

Featured Research


CADAC (Canadian Arts Data / Données sur les arts au Canada) is a web based application dedicated to statistical information about Canadian arts organizations.

Reports using CADAC Data

See all of our reports highlighting CADAC data.

2014 P/T GDP and cultural indicators

The Provincial and Territorial Culture Indicators (PTCI) are timely economic estimates of culture and sport in Canada.

49 Media Arts Presenters

Using CADAC data, this report provides a picture of Canada Council funded media arts presenters, their activities and organizational stability.