Impacts 08: European Capitals of Culture Research Programme
Impacts 08 – The Liverpool Model, was a joint research initiative of the University of Liverpool and Liverpool John Moores University, which evaluated the impact of Liverpool’s hosting the European Capital of Culture title in 2008. The research, commissioned by Liverpool City Council, was the first of its kind to assess simultaneously the full range of major-event impact, that is, its economic, environmental, social as well as cultural aspects. The main aim of Impacts 08 was to develop a research model for evaluating the multiple impacts of culture-led regeneration programmes that could be applied to events across the UK, such as the London 2012 Olympic Games, and beyond.
The scope of the research programme was unprecedented and offered an innovative approach to impact measurement. This was achieved by combining the assessment of quantitative indicators, such as job creation, inward investment and tourism growth, with a qualitative investigation of the lived experiences of the people of Liverpool and the evolution of perceptions throughout the UK and internationally. The programme also took a longitudinal approach exploring change in outcomes, experiences, perceptions and understanding over time – from the pre-bid period (2000), through the bidding and nomination (2002-3), preparations towards the event (2004-7), the main event-year (2008), and beyond. Throughout the programme, the research team worked closely with Liverpool 08’s stakeholders (including Liverpool City Council, Liverpool Culture Company and Culture Northwest) to report back on areas of success and offer suggestions for improvement. A review of key methodologies, associated projects and all reports on key findings are available at the Impacts 08 website (www.impacts08.net).
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