In 2012, the European Commission made the spillover effects of the arts, culture and the creative industries a subject of its agenda for the first time. The European Research Partnership on Cultural and Creative Spillovers was launched in 2014. It aims to evaluate, in a holistic way, cultural and creative spillovers, which is defined as:
"The process by which activities in the arts, culture and creative industries has a subsequent broader impact on places, society or the economy through the overflow of concepts, ideas, skills, knowledge and different types of capital."
The collaborative research process has included partners from fourteen countries and is
composed of national cultural funding agencies, regional cultural development bodies, foundations, universities and organisations operating Europe-wide. Most of the organisations in
the partnership have a role redistributing public funding through a variety of grants and public
subsidies. The partnership came together through a shared desire to demonstrate the value of public funding for arts and culture and to investigate how we could map the value chains between the arts, culture and the creative industries as well as the wider economy and society. The partnership comprises: the Arts Council of England, the Arts Council (Ireland), Creative England, Creative Scotland, the european centre for creative economy (Germany), the European Cultural Foundation (the Netherlands) and the European Creative Business Network (the Netherlands), with involvement of a number of other institutional and academic partners.
In this 2017 follow up report on the study from 2015 the reader will find case-studies on Finland, Italy, Poland and the Netherlands.