APDIG Realising Art and Design Research in Policy Making Decisions (Event)

Activity: MembershipMembership of committee


The value of the creative, design, and innovation industries is still not fully appreciated in policy. Current policy does not accurately draw up examples of existing practice, recommended best practice from experts, and overall existing evidence within Art and Design. As a result, the creative subjects have been deemed not ‘strategically important’ as current evidence is not being fully realised by policymakers.

The obstacles faced by Art and Design in gaining recognition are complex, and these must be overcome to reposition the sector at the heart of decision making. The pressures faced by the pandemic have also intensified some of these barriers, and the value of Arts and Design is continually being overlooked and set aside, as seen with the OfS 50% cut to Arts and Design higher education funding2. There are numerous case studies and examples of good practice available that can show what changes policymakers can make to existing frameworks. Equally, there are areas that require more discussion to create clear recommendations for government to take forward. For us to tackle the challenges we are facing today within the sector and also those issues beyond, such as the climate, health, social issues, and emerging technologies with conviction, we have to ensure that we do so in a way that is efficient, makes use of the evidence and research at hand, and ensures that this critical sector is properly valued.

Period18 Jan 2022
Event titleAPDIG Realising Art and Design Research in Policy Making Decisions: Policy Design Workshop: Embedding Art and Design Research Methods in UK Policy Making
Event typeWorkshop
Degree of RecognitionNational


  • Policy making
  • Art and Design Research