Realising Art and Design Research in Policymaking Decisions

September 16, 2022

Earlier this year, we were delighted to hold two roundtables and a policy workshop with The All-Party Parliamentary Group for Design and Innovation (APDIG) to create solutions for how government and the creative industries can better realise art and design research in policymaking.

This policy paper summarises the key messages from the roundtables and policy workshop, with three main recommendations:

  • Recommendation 1: Funding bodies need to recognise interdisciplinary value better. Funding bodies need to recognise fully the value of working across disciplines and industry, and the importance of community focus at a local level to produce sustainable outcomes.
  • Recommendation 2: Adapting governmental policy frameworks. Government should adapt its existing policy framework to embed art and design expertise, as well as diversity of thought, through embedding artists and designers in policy processes, from conception to completion.
  • Recommendation 3: Place-based engagement and solutions with the community and education providers. Appoint Chief Art and Chief Design Officers at a local level to work alongside local enterprise partnerships and local authorities to engage closely with education providers and the community to tackle challenges locally.

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