Projects

Front of House Dancefestivals, innovation and impact

Several dancefestivals producers are united in a network named Front of House. In collaboration with the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences and Netherlands' Economic Observatory the uniqueness of these festivals is surveyed. Elements such as the innovativeness of the programming, the background of festival go'ers (age, gender, country, province, etc.), and the economic spin-off in the city and region in which the festivals take place are addressed. The study will be the basis for a plan to invest in dancefestivals e.g. by building ties to the (technical) professional education sector.

Arts in the province of Flevoland

In a collaborative study with Berenschot on the arts sector in the province of Flevoland, Pyrrhula Research Consultants, in close cooperation with Boekman Foundation, has updated the benchmark on arts previously made for the prvince of Noord-Brabant. Additional data were gathered on e.g. museums in the cities of Flevoland. The results will be presented to Provinciale Staten of Flevoland. 

Work and income of audiovisual artists. PAM and ACT

For PAM, the network of audiovisual artists (screen writers, directors and actors), Pyrrhula Reseacrh Consultants particpated in the HTH Research project assessing the direct and indirect (copy rigths) income position of these artists. HTH Research is a network of artists' labor market researchers. Pyrrhula Research Consultants is a founding partner of HTH Research. In a first wave data were gathered for PAM - using multiple methods - on the framework of income acquisition, key issues of copyrights, and the entire income composition. A second wave is planned for 2019. The study is part of the evaluation of new legal copyrights agreemments. The report was finalized in spring 2018. Partly overlapping was a rerun of the ACT Monitor, a monitor of the income of actors in general, last conducted in 2015 (see below). The report for ACT was also finalzed in spring 2018.

Monitor Freelancers and Media 2017

Rerun of the 2015- and 2016-monitor: see below. As in 2016 we include questions on rates that some of the largest media companies , such as De Persgroep and the Telegraaf Media Groep, pay their freelancers. Involved are NVJ (journalists), FLA (writers), DuPho (photographers), BNO (illustrators and designers), and the national authorship organizations Lira (for written materials) and Pictoright (for visual materials). Kunstenbond DAMD, Dutch Animation & Montion Design, has joined MFM 2017. See the full report and the presentation February 1, 2018 at Nieuwspoort, the Hague.

New cultural indicators: a B5-pilot

For the Province of Noord-Brabant and with Boekman Foundation and Dialogic we will run a pilot in the B5, the five largest municipalties in Noord-Brabant (Breda, Eindhoven, Helmond, 's-Hertogenbosch, Tilburg) searching for new cultural indicators with which to measure contemporary cultural trends among publics (online survey using city panels), among artists and art companies (focus groups) and at subsidized and non-subsidized art stages (big data). Start late summer 2017. This project is part of the Research Agenda Province Noord-Brabant. Results presented June 18th, 2018. See the 'Waarde van Cultuur'-website for more details.

'Culturele Atlas Brabant 2018'

Rerun of the 2016-monitor into professional arts organizations in the province of Noord-Brabant (see below) now covering 2015 and 2016 data on financial, organizational, media, activities and audience range trends. For bkkc. Start late summer 2017. This project is part of the Research Agenda Province Noord-Brabant. Results presented June 18th, 2018. See the 'Waarde van Cultuur'-website for more details.

 

Artist' Income Research: Guidelines for core questions

Starting early summer 2017 Pyrrhula Research Consultants conducted a three-stage HTH Research project aimed at providing basic guidelines for art researchers and art research commissioning organizations to do income research among artists in thorough, accountable, and comparable way. In the first stage a document was drafted with the most frequently-used concept and indicators, questions and answers in recent Dutch artist' income research. Second, about 40 art research stakeholders met at the Boekman Foundation in Amsterdam, worked on the document and debated the possible focus of future artist income research. Thirdly, a shortlist of highly recommended and optional concepts and questions for conducting income research was drafted. The document of the first stage can be found at the HTH Research site. The shortlist is published on the website of the Boekman Foundation. For the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture, and Science.

Update BK Data and update 'Een collectieve selfie' 2017

From November 2016 onwards Pyrrhula Research Consultants and IVAdata cooperate to update BK Data (see below) for the Mondriaan Fund. We will add new data on subsidies, acquisitions and commissions on the level of individual visual artists working in the Netherlands and we will match these data to BK Data, a dataset that is updated until 2007. New in this project is the search for data on presentations by visual artists. We will acquire these data through the platform for presentation organisation De Zaak Nu and the Netherlands Gallery Association, NGA. The update will result in a report on visual artists and their subsidies, acquisitions, commissions, and presentations in the 2007-2015-period. The data will be used by Pyrrhula Research Consultants to update 'Een collectieve selfie' (see also below) early Fall 2017 for which various new data on visual artists will be presented. Report published in February 2018: Een Collectieve Selfie 3. For BKNL; wih Berenschot.

Proud of the South

Running an analysis on the data of the 'Culturele Atlas Brabant 2016' (see below) for six popmusic podiums in the provincie of Noord-Brabant. The podiums collaborate on the theme of talent development in a network called Proud of the South. For two pop podiums new data is collected. The six are compared to other music podiums and to general performing arts podiums in the Atlas on the topics of subsidies, revenues, employment, HRM, marketing and communication, activities, and visits.

Friend circles in the cultural sector

Doing a pilot in the City of Tilburg with bkkc, brabants kenniscentrum kunst en cultuur, about the role and importance of friend circles in the cultural sector. Friend circles exist in various forms, from formalized associations supporting the local theater or museum, to loosely arranged groups of friends and/or volunteers active for the local pop podium. The pilot explores the key questions that are needed to assess the role and importance of these various friend circles, using indepth interviewing of association board members as well as the leadership of the cultural institutions that already have friend circles, c.q. partnership programs, or are busy developing (new forms) of support groups. See this report on the conference PUBLIEK! at which the main results of the pilot were presented (all in Dutch).

Conversations on regional cultural indices

With and for the Boekman foundation, study centre for arts, culture, and related policy, we are visiting numerous stakeholders mainly in the field of cultural policy-making (and some in cultural production, such as the festival Cultural Capital Frieslân 2018) to talk about the content and practical use of a regionalized cultural index. What indicators would ideally be in such an index and how could they make use of it in their practice? These desirables are confronted with the regional data (on provincial, city or group-of-city levels) Boekman is gathering in collaboration with Atlas voor Gemeenten, a research center focusing on comparing (groups of) municipalities on a large number of indicators. Check the results online at the Boekman Foundation.

Monitor Freelancers and Media 2016

Rerun of the 2015-monitor: see below. An extra topic in this wave concerns rates some of the largest media companies , such as De Persgroep and the Telegraaf Media Groep, pay their freelancers. Involved are NVJ (journalists), FLA (writers), DuPho (photographers), BNO (illustrators and designers), and the national authorship organizations Lira (for written materials) and Pictoright (for visual materials).

Monitor Vitality Organized Amateur Arts

Supporting the development of the first monitor on the vitality of organized Amateur arts with Kunstbalie, the amateur arts support organisation in the provincie of Noord-Brabant and setting up a pilot to test the monitor in different cities and towns in the province of Noord-Brabant late 2016. Collaboration with Keunstwurk, the amateur arts support organisation in the province of Frieslân (also developing a monitor system), and LKCA, the nation-wide support organistion for cultural particiaption, is established.

Visual artists in the Netherlands. Data on work and income: 'Een collectieve selfie' 2016

Gathering and analyzing existing research data on work and income of visual artists in the Netherlands for BKNL, a platform of national visual arts organisations, and with the (financial) support of the Mondrian Fund and the Ministry of Education, Culture, and Sciences. The project aims to depict which questions about work and income of visual artists in the Netherlans can be and cannot be answered with existing data and which questions, therefore, need new research or updated and more professional research. BKNL is joined by Platform BK, Museumvereniging, FNV Kiem, Kunsten'92, BBK, NGA, and De Zaak Nu. The Mondrian Fund coordinates and supports BKNL meetings. See the resulting publication by BKNL here.

Vitality amateur arts sector

Consulting in the research and development process aimed at identifying indicators with which to monitor the vitality of organized forms of amateur arts. Kunstbalie, the amateur arts support organisation in the provincie of Noord-Brabant, commissioned this project. Resulting from this project Kunstbalie aims to set up a monitoring system focusing at the vitality of organized amateur arts and to thus help (traditional and newly emerging) amateur arts organizations to respond to key societal and cultural changes identified in this project. The monitor may also feed provincial and communal amateur arts policies. See for the results of the search for indicators the pamflet of Kunstbalie here.

Monitor Freelancers and Media 2015

For six national media professionals organizations a monitor is set up which outlines trends in work and income of (photo)journalists, writers, photographers, illustrators, and graphic designers, all working as freelancers for media organisations in the Netherlands. The monitor was fielded late 2015 and follows the 2013-pilot (see below). It will run for the next three years (at least). Involved are NVJ (journalists), FLA (writers), DuPho (photographers), BNO (illustrators and designers), and the national authorship organizations Lira (for written materials) and Pictoright (for visual materials).

'Culturele Atlas Brabant 2016'

Monitoring the professional arts in the Dutch province of Noord-Brabant on behalf of and with bkkc, brabants kenniscentrum kunst en cultuur (brabant knowledge centre arts and culture). The monitor will result in the second, 2016-edition of the 'Culturele Atlas Brabant' which presents the state of affairs and basic changes on financial, organizational and performance indicators of the major cultural institutions (companies, theaters, museums, etc.) in the province of Noord-Brabant. Field work commenced in Fall 2015. A full trend report will appear mid 2016. See for progress and more details of this and the previous 2013-edition the website of the 'Culturele Atlas Brabant'.

Work and income of professional actors

ACT, belangenvereniging voor acteurs (ACT, interests organisation for actors in the Netherlands) commisioned a re-run of the 2009-study 'Spelen voor de kost', a survey of the professional practice, work, and income of Dutch professional actors, either on (subsidized) stage, television or cinema, with or without other jobs in or outside the world of acting. The re-run will result in trend data on work and income of actors in the Netherlands. This provides ACT with the tools to advocate balanced attention to the position of actors working across different professional fields in the Netherlands. September 3, 2015, the results of the ACT Monitor 2015 on work and income of actors are presented at Stadsschouwburg Amsterdam. See an overview of the key findings according to ACT here.

Benchmark arts in Noord-Brabant

bkkc, brabants kenniscentrum kunst en cultuur (brabant knowledge centre arts and culture), aims to develop a benchmark on the art world in the Dutch province of Noord-Brabant. Covering several domains and indicators the benchmark must provide insights in the relative position of art and culture in this province as compared to other parts of the Netherlands. Pyrrhula Research Consultants will work on the benchmark which hopefully will be public early 2015, well ahead of the provincial elections. The benchmark will strongly build on existing quantitative art data projects such as the Cultuurindex Nederland (see below).

BK Data: Archiving the national dataset on visual artists' visibility

The Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture, and Science has commissioned Pyrrhula Research Consultants to collect and archive BK Data, the national data set about visual artists. Data for this set was gathered during the 1990s and 2000s by IVA Tilburg, a social research institute based at Tilburg University. IVA Tilburg is closed since 2013. BK Data consists of several subsets and measures the visibility of visual artists in the Dutch art world of assignments, acquisitions, and (individual) subsidies by government agencies, museums, and galleries. BK Data covers the 1949-2007-period. With the help of IVA Onderwijs, the successor of IVA Tilburg, Pyrrhula Research Consultants prepares BK Data for public access by other researchers.

Monitoring amateur artists, art teachers, and art coaches

LKCA, National Centre of Expertise for Cultural Education and Amateur Arts, set up a variety of surveys to monitor trends among amateur artists and among professional art teachers and art coaches (conductors, choir leaders, choreographers, etc.). During most of 2014 LKCA needed professional research consultancy for designing the complex questionnaires for these surveys, for managing the data gathering process, for analyzing the resulting data sets with more advanced methods, and for writing down the results in an academically solid way. Two major surveys stand out in 2014: the MAK, Monitor Amateur Kunst, and MDAB, Monitor Docenten en Artistiek Begeleiders. MAK studies the extent to which amateur arts is organized: informally with friends, formally in clubs, or individually, just by oneself. MDAB focuses on changes in the work of art teachers and art coaches who increasingly have to function as entrepreneurs. For MDAB collaboration was set up with Kunstconnectie, the art education employer organisation, with FNV-Kiem, the employee organization for the creative sector, and with Adecco Kunsteducatie, the temporary work agency in arts education.

'Cultuurindex Nederland', the Netherlands' Culture Index

In 2009 the National Arts Index appeared in the USA measuring the health and vitality of arts and culture. In 2011 a similar index was founded in the UK. More countries and cities have followed suit. Boekman foundation, study centre for arts, culture, and related policy, has taken the initiative to start a 'Cultuurindex' in the Netherlands. An index provides insights in how arts and culture change over time. The core elements of the index are: 1 capacity ('supply'; e.g. number of theatre shows), 2 participation ('demand'; including the amount of volunteering in the arts sector), 3 financial flows (to and within the arts sector), and 4 competiveness ('market share'; e.g., donation to arts as a share of total donations). Pyrrhula Research Consultants was commissioned to coordinate the data collection for the Dutch 'Cultuurindex'. Launch of the Cultuurindex at the Kleine Zaal, Koninklijk Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, December 9th, 2013. See the full program here. For the report of the launch check this. See also the CiN-page on website of Boekman here.

Rates among journalists, writers, and photographers

The NVJ, the Netherlands’ Association of Journalists, commissioned a nationwide study into the trends in the rates that freelance journalists, writers, and photographers charge for their work. Insight in these trends can be helpful in the negotiations on desired rate levels. The study also addresses copy right issues, negotiations iwth media, aspirations of journalists, writers, and photographers as regards future developments of freelancers’ rates and the impact on professional status. Besides NVJ, the FLA, Freelance Association, and FF, Photography Federation are involved. End result presentation at press center Nieuwspoort, The Hague, November 28th 2013. See the full program here.

The social reach of cultural participation programs

The Fund for Cultural Participation (Fonds voor Cultuurparticipatie, FCP) commissioned Pyrrhula to analyze several now scattered datasets with which FCP politices and activities can be monitored and evaluated. In a first project three datasets will be merged and analyzed. The data refer to the FCP's cultural participation instrument for provinces and municipalities in 2009-2012 period (Regeling cultuurparticipatie provincies en gemeenten 2009-2012). In a second project a range of datasets of the Netherlands Institute for Social Research (Sociaal en Cultureel Planbureau, SCP) is analyzed. The project aims to offer empirical insights in the social segmentation of out-of-school music education for children and young people. It relates to the FCP grant program Music in every child (Muziek in ieder kind) which prioritizes higher social reach of cultural participation programs, in this case music education. Results of both projects are due mid-2012. In the projects, Pyrrhula closely works together with Cultuurnetwerk Nederland and SCP.

Cloud computing. Reanalyzing two-wave data

Kennisnet - a national public organization in Zoetermeer, Netherlands, supporting education institution in effective use of ICT in education - commissioned a study in which two waves of data are reanalyzed. The data are from a commissioned research project (by OiG) on the conditions, use, and effects of cloud computing in primary and secondary education schools part of a large school board in the West of the Netherlands. The reanalysis by Pyrrhula Research Consultants is aimed at finding a model with a small number of variables and a large amount of explanatory power. The study is in collaboration with Query Informatisering, Voorhout, Netherlands The results are used for a third wave of data collection late 2012 by OiG. Pyrrhula Reseacrh Consultants and Query Informatisering aim to reanalyze the three waves of data early 2013 and advice Kennisnet on how to measure ICT use in education as meaningful and cost efficient as possible in future studies.

Research-based instruction in special education

The council of employers in primary education (PO-Raad) and its quality agency (PK, Projectbureau Kwaliteit) have sponsored pilots of school in special education that focus on language and calculus programs yielding measurable improvements of learning results. The plans for these pilots at about 120 schools have already been evaluated by experts. The same experts have now evaluated the actions that followed these plans in 2010 and 2011. Pyrrhula supports 'Penna Onderwijs Adviseurs' in monitoring these pilots on behalf of PO-Raad/PK and compiles a final evaluation of the pilot project. The pilots relate to the broader context of 'research-based instruction in special education' (in Dutch known as 'opbrengstgericht werken in het speciaal onderwijs').

Bridging practice and science: Skola and KNOW

LogoIn the course of 2010 and 2011 several initiatives emerged that aim to link educational practice and educational science. Skola, a broadly supported initiative in the Netherlands, has set the standard of having teachers seek advanced information and having them evaluate the relevance of the retrieved scientific research results. Pyrrhula Reseacrh Consultants, with its partner Query Informatisering from Voorhout, the Netherlands, studied this process (in the case of Skola the focus was on primary school teachers) and developed a standard set of questions. This standard set is also used in the follow-up project KNOW or 'KennisNetwerk Onderwijspraktijk en Wetenschap'('Knowledge Network Educational Practice and Science') which now involves primary school and secondary school teachers. Several online knowledge files ('dossiers') are specifically developed by experts (first of all on Dutch language and on calculus) and evaluated by both teachers and academic experts. It is hoped that the results contribute to online knowledge creation, sharing, and dissemination in education. Results are published early 2012.

Social Activation in the Netherlands

Exploring social activation strategies and activities in the Netherlands 2011 on behalf of IAB, Institute for Employment Research of the Federal Employment Agency, Nuremberg, Germany. Social activation focuses on building competencies of people disengaged from basic social, civic, and work involvement. The IAB is interested in learning from the Dutch examples. Several interviews with expert case managers across the Netherlands are held. Simultaneously IAB does interviews on the same subject in Germany. Some joint interviews are held in border regions in Netherlands and Germany. We presented our joint results in a workshop in Berlin.

Leraar24

Research consulting in 2010-2011 on behalf of the Open University's Ruud de Moor Center, Heerlen, Netherlands, the lead research partner in Leraar24, an online platform for and by teachers intended to support them in their professional development. The consulting and coaching is aimed at collecting evidence from the four partners in the project on the use, relevance, and effects of Leraar24. This follows a 2009-assignment of managing the work process on behalf of SBL, Utrecht, Netherlands, one of the other partner organizations in Leraar24, aimed at providing 75 hours of video and text content. The two other partners in Leraar24 are Kennisnet, Zoetermeer, Netherlands, and NTR (former Teleac), Hilversum, Netherlands.

Youth Data

Managing a 2009 project focused at social science research data on youth for DANS, Data Archiving and Networked Services. DANS is an institute of KNAW, Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences and NWO, Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research, The Hague, Netherlands. Youth is 'en vogue' among social scientists, policy makers and Dutch society at large. Yet, to date there is little systematic insight in the nature and quality of youth research and its underlying research data, nor is there a central repository of these data. This project explores the desirability to attain such insights and work towards central archiving and networked services in the field of youth research.

My Generation II

A 2006-Rerun of the reputed 1996-study My Generation on generational consciousness, life chances, and mutual stereotypes, now also including future perspectives and future choices. Generational consciousness in the Netherlands is strong, in 1996 and also ten years later in 2006. Majorities among each generation feel they belong to a generation. Between 1996 and 2006 it gains strength especially among older generations (born before 1955). The authors of this study also organized the first study 'Mijn Generatie' (My Generation) for which the data were gatehred late 1996. The resulting book 'Mijn Generatie' is the first and only full sociological and empirical assessment of generational consciousness and the much talked about generational cleavages in the Netherlands. It was published in Spring 1998 (second edition 1999). Parts of the My Generation I and II project are sponsored by GPD, Geassocieerde Persdiensten (GPD, Associated Press), CentERdata, Intermediair magazine, SIG, Stichting Instituut GAK (in collaboration with USE, Utrecht School of Economics, Utrecht University, Netherlands).

CEGIPE

Investigating emerging forms of engagement in Japan and Asia and comparing the involvement of middle-aged generations with younger generations in the project CEGIPE, Civic Engagement and Globalism In the Post-modern Era: Japan and Asia. Early in 2006-2008 the project attracted academic and non-academic participants (including activists) who in seminar series across Japan focus on creating a better understanding of emerging forms of civic engagement in Japan in particular and Asia in general. Several of these participants contribute to the 2010 international book publication 'Civic Engagement in Contemporary Japan'.

VSM08

Developing in close collaboraton with Geert Hofstede, Gert Jan Hostede and Misho Minkov: The VSM08, The Values Survey Module 2008. Based on thorough re-analyses of several recent replication studies and the WVS, World Values Survey we developed an update of the famed VSM94, an concise instrument consisting of 20 survey questions, with which to replicate Hofstede's classic Five Culture Dimensions in multi-nation survey studies. Again, these dimensions and additional ones proposed by Minkov can be reproduced. For more info and downloads check the website of Geert Hofstede.

East Asian Values Surveys

Drawing comparative survey research lessons from East Asian values surveys especially on what values concepts, indicators, and research methodologies (not) to use in comparative values surveys that (also) cover East Asian nations.The project and the paper aim to contribute to social scientific work towards enhancing the cultural fit of comparative values surveys projects on a conceptual level. most contemporary cross-culturally comparative values surveys, also those surveying East Asian publics, still build on Western, universalist, individualist values conceptions only. This project was funded during most of the 2006-2007 period by ZUMA, Zentrum für Umfragen, Methoden und Analyse (part of GESIS) and ECCS, European Centre for Comparative Surveys, both in Mannheim. Several ZUMA Working Papers and lecture papers emerged from the project. See the publications page on this website.

Cultural Diversity in Europe

Addressing dimensions of cultural diversity in Europe from several social science traditions and surveying its impact on opinions on the European Union, and. The analyses are part of an Annex to the State of the Union, a yearly statement of the Dutch national cabinet on their views and policies regarding the European Union. The Annex is titled Diverse Europe. European Outlook, volume 4 (see Publication page). The European Outlook was coordinated in 2006 by the Dutch Ministry of Foriegn Affairs, and commissioned to the SCP, Netherlands Institute for Social Research, and the CPB, Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis, all in The Hague, Netherlands. Part B on values is authored by Paul Dekker (SCP) and Henk Vinken (on behalf of Pyrrhula Research Consultants).

WORKS, Changes in Work

Making a case for proliferating Dutch and German work organisation surveys to other nations of Europe in order to understand changes in work. On behalf of OSA, Institute for Labour Studies, Utrecht University, Netherlands, and the IAB, Institute for Employment Research of the Federal Employment Agency (BA) in Nuremberg, Germany, a report was written in 2006 on the key literature based on two longstanding organisation panel surveys, one in the Netherlands (the so-called OSA Labour Demand Panel) and the other in Germany (the IAB Betriebspanel. The project was sponsored by WORKS, a project organisation build with a grant from the European Commission Sixth Framework Programme. The core of the WORKS project, financed by the European Commission, is to improve our understanding of changes in work in the knowledge-based society, their driving forces and their implications for the use of knowledge and skills, for flexibility and for the quality of life. In particular, new forms of work organisations will be analysed taking account of global value chain restructurings and regional institutional contexts. A major instrument to monitor such changes in the domain of work is the systematic use of company panel surveys.