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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
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Frequently Asked Questions

How does the CVSuite define the Creative Economy and choose specific creative SOC and NAICS codes?

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.

I’m in a rural area. How can CVSuite data help me?

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.

Why focus more on creative industry earnings than sales when discussing the Creative Economy?

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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What is Input Output (I-O) data?

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.

What is a multiplier?

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.

What is suppressed/unsuppressed data?

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.

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Essential Acronyms

AEP
Arts and Economic Prosperity Report from the American for the Arts

AFTA
American for the Arts

CVI
Creative Vitality Suite

EMSI
Economic Modeling Specialists International

MSA
Metropolitan Statistical Area

NAICS CODES
North American Industry Classification System

NASAA
National Assembly of State Arts Agencies

NCCS
National Center for Charitable Statistics

NEA
National Endowment for the Arts

NTEE CODES
National Taxonomy of Exempt Entities

SOC CODES
Standard Occupational Classification System

Data Partners / Sources

emsi

Economic Modeling
Specialist International

Occupation and industry data on jobs, earnings and revenues

nccs

National Center of
Charitable Statistics (NCCS)

Nonprofit revenues reported to the IRS on I990 forms from organizations with revenues greater than $50,000

nasaa

National Assembly of State
Arts Agencies (NASAA)

National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) State arts agency grants reported to NASAA as part of the NEA Partnership grant program