Arts Data Provider Comparison Table
Learn about the key features of the following primary data providers for the arts:
• Americans for the Arts – Creative Industries Reporting
• Cultural Data Project – DataArts
• NEA/BEA – Arts and Cultural Production Satellite Account
• WESTAF – Creative Vitality Suite
Frequently Asked Questions
The CVSuite takes a broad approach to the definition of creative. Instead of defining what codes are creative, the CVSuite gives that choice to the end users. We offer a wide variety of creative occupations and industries that allow the user to select codes that are relevant to the region they are analyzing. There are a number of different code grouping used in the field for different reports. We recommend researching some of those reports and selecting codes that best fit the region of analysis. The Creative Coalition provides a good starting point on three tiers of codes that they recommend using when doing a creative economic analysis.
The CVSuite tool includes analysis of four different classes of workers who can be analyzed as a group or individually. These include include Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages (QCEW) employees (all jobs covered by the federal or state unemployment insurance (UI) system), Non QCEW (exempt such as military and clergy), and self-employed and extended proprietor (miscellaneous, inconsistent labor). An increasing number of people fall into this latter category and include those who do freelance work such as writers and musicians. This level of analysis can bode well for rural communities because this type of worker may be more attracted to the affordability of a rural landscape.
Our data partner, EMSI, is putting more emphasis on earnings (wages) rather than sales (value of goods and services sold) because they have noticed that more of the earnings dollars stay within the community and therefore have more of an impact on it than sales — where more of the dollars travel outside of the region for.
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Input-output models are constructed on a platform of data indicating interconnectedness of the industries and an estimation that, if industry x left the region, it would have this effect on industries y and z. Its name stems from the fact that a portion of the output (i.e., sales) of one industry will appear as the input (i.e., purchases) of other industries, therefore causing an effect. These additional data are available upon request.
A multiplier is a way of measuring how important one industry is to other industries in the region. If an industry has a multiplier of 2.5, for example, for every positive or negative change on that industry, the total effect on the regional economy will be 2.5 times the original change. There are three types of multipliers: sales, jobs, and earnings. Theses additional data are available upon request.
Suppressed data refers to a missing data point usually an industry employment number in published government databases, it is not available because of government non-disclosure policies that prevent data from being published if it can be connected to a specific business.
Unsuppression happens using insights and algorithms from multiple data sources and certain assumptions to replace suppressions with educated, bounded estimates.
CVSuite Case Studies
A Guide to Creatives in Rural California
CVSuite’s report for California Arts Council
Creative Vitality Suite’s analysis of economic activity in creative sector jobs and industries in California’s rural ZIP Codes.
The Minneapolis Creative Index
City of Minneapolis
For the past 3 years (2012-2015), The City of Minneapolis produced reports utilizing CVSuite zip code level data, to analyze creative economy activity.
Colorado Creative Districts Program
Colorado Creative Industries
Colorado has 18 certified art districts throughout the state. With CVSuite, CCI can measure the collective success of the districts.
Percent for Art
Gallery One Visual Arts Center Ellensburg, WA
The Ellensburg Art Commission & Gallery One used CVSuite data to make their case, resulting in a 300% increase in the Art Commissions annual budget.
Arts and Economic Prosperity Report from the American for the Arts
American for the Arts
Creative Vitality Suite
Economic Modeling Specialists International
Metropolitan Statistical Area
North American Industry Classification System
National Assembly of State Arts Agencies
National Center for Charitable Statistics
National Endowment for the Arts
National Taxonomy of Exempt Entities
Standard Occupational Classification System