SAMPLE RESEARCH PROJECTS

Project | Benchmarking

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Project | Mapping Small Arts and Culture Organizations in Oakland

CERP was commissioned by Akonadi Foundation and the Kenneth Rainin Foundation to address the lack of research on small, grassroots arts and culture organizations serving communities of color in Oakland, California. This project investigates the specificity of this sector of the ecosystem—its geography, existing infrastructure, assets, and challenges. By aggregating and analyzing the limited data on these organizations, interviewing a diverse cohort of stakeholders, and gathering existing research on organizations of color and the informal arts sector, this research project takes a first step toward understanding a complex and vibrant sector that builds social bonds, addresses community needs, and contributes to a strong sense of place in Oakland. This benchmark project will encourage funders to adopt intentional investment strategies to support the long-term stability of this important sector. DOWNLOAD REPORT

Project | Field Study

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Project | Affordable Housing for Artists in Berkeley

Commissioned by the City of Berkeley, Civic Arts Commission with funding from the Hewlett Foundation CERP completed a baseline survey of affordable housing needs for artists. CERP developed and administered a survey, facilitated focus groups with key community and city stakeholders, and completed a review of relevant literature in order to provide a baseline assessment that will allow the city and philanthropy partners to create systems change solutions aimed at meeting housing needs for artists.  Recommendations from the final report have been referred to the City Council to be included into ongoing affording housing efforts in Berkeley. Read more about the findings in local media.

Project | Evaluation

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Project | Evaluating the Impact of the San Francisco Arts Commission’s Grants Programs

As part of the  San Francisco Arts Commission’s strategic plan, CERP staff was commissioned to complete an evaluation of the agency’s grants program with a specific focus on cultural equity. Analyzing 19 years of the Agency's grants data across 22 funding categories, CERP identified the strength of the SFAC Grants Program in its explicit policies supporting historically underserved communities and individual artists. In addition, through an intensive community engagement process involving  a town hall presentation, and multiple focus groups with the grantee community and additional stakeholders, CERP distilled recommendations to increase the program’s capacity and efficiently respond to community needs.

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