The Cultural Data Project (CDP) has recently completed a three-year strategic plan that articulates our intention to refine the data we collect and re-imagine the technology interface that underpins our work. We’ve been collecting feedback from our users for nearly a decade and that input will inform the first comprehensive revision of our 11-section online Data Profile. The first task is to identify the core set of financial data that are common to all arts and cultural organizations, regardless of their size or discipline.
We will then work with discipline-specific content experts to define the relevant non-financial Core Data questions that are common to all arts and cultural organizations, regardless of their size or discipline.
After we establish this initial set of Core Data, we will then develop layers of more detailed questions with line items that are relevant to different types of organizations and the activities they conduct. This new tailored question format and software interface is designed to make it easier to understand, collect, and enter the required information, and ultimately, to make the data more useful to your management and for planning purposes.
We want to hear from you! Please take a moment to review the proposed financial Core Data questions and let us know what you think. We are seeking your suggestions to make sure that the financial information we collect will meet your information, research, and advocacy needs. Whether you are an arts and cultural professional, a grantmaker, researcher, nonprofit finance or management professional, data scientist, or any other interested party, your input is important.