City of Culture Focus Studies

Researchers presenting the results of their focus studies (Photograph: Tim Hammerton)


Through the development of the Performance Measurement and Evaluation Strategy, that included a Theory/Story of Change, a series specific outcomes were identified ahead of Coventry’s year as UK City of Culture (UK CoC 2021).

A number of these outcomes have been addressed through focus studies. These were commissioned by the Coventry City of Culture Trust and undertaken by research teams at Coventry University and the University of Warwick to answer specific research questions.

Results from these studies will be shared through a series of dedicated reports and events. Findings from them will also feature in UK CoC 2021 final evaluation and funder reports.

Faith and Culture

How did programming and cultural leadership engage faith and community groups in Coventry and the region?

The research team was based at Coventry University’s Centre for Peace, Trust and Social Relations.

Integrating the Environment

How successfully has the environmental theme been integrated into UK City of Culture 2021?

The research teams were based at Coventry University’s Centre for Business in Society and Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience research centres.

Civic, Cultural and Business Partnerships

What effect has the title of UK City of Culture had on civic, cultural and business partnership co-working and to what extent can these partnerships be sustainable?

The research team was based at the Centre for Cultural and Media Policy Studies at the University of Warwick.

Volunteering, Wellbeing and Civic Pride

How and to what extent has the City Hosts volunteering programme impacted on those taking part, particularly in terms of subjective wellbeing and civic pride?

The research teams were based at the Warwick Medical School’s Department of Health Sciences and Coventry University’s Research Centre for Intelligent Healthcare

Each of these focus study reports were critically assessed and writing was supported by the monitoring and evaluation team.

Policing, Culture and Community: West Midlands Police as City of Culture Partners

How can the police use City of Culture as a platform to engage the public and improve public perceptions of policing, whilst simultaneously helping to manage crime and protect event attendees?

This study that was undertaken by the University of Warwick’s Centre for Operational Police Research, in partnership with the West Midlands Police.


Four focus studies were supported by Tim Hammerton and Nick Henry at Coventry University and Mark Scott at Warwick Business School. Once reports were prepared, they were reviewed by the monitoring and evaluation team.

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