Illinois Cultural Data Project

Illinois Cultural Data Project

The Pew Charitable Trusts recently launched the Illinois Cultural Data Project, a data collection tool that enables arts and cultural organizations in the state to benchmark themselves against other groups and track financial performance trends. The project also will help researchers and policy makers better understand the cultural sector's assets, economic contributions, and needs. Funded by the Joyce Foundation, the project will collect data profiles from participating organizations at the end of each fiscal year and make the data available via customizable reports. Cultural data projects also have been implemented in Pennsylvania, Maryland, and California and could soon expand to a number of other states around the country.