Hon John Day BSc BDSc MLA

Hon John Day BSc BDSc MLA

Former Minister for Health; Culture and the Arts

Hon Sean L'Estrange MEdL GradDipResMan GradDipMan MLA

Hon Sean L'Estrange MEdL GradDipResMan GradDipMan MLA

Former Minister for Mines and Petroleum; Finance; Small Business

    Culture Counts as WA innovation goes global

    13/10/2016 9:30 AM
    • Innovative app saving WA arts sector up to $950,000 a year   
    • New technology measures artistic value and community benefit of Government-funded programs

    The innovative Culture Counts app and web portal is saving Western Australian arts organisations hundreds of thousands of dollars a year, and its use is spreading internationally.


    Culture and the Arts Minister John Day said the incorporation of new digital technologies by the Liberal National Government, through the Department of Culture and the Arts (DCA), had been pivotal to the success of recent WA arts initiatives.


    "Culture Counts is cutting an estimated $950,000 in arts consultation and research costs across WA every year," Mr Day said.


    "It does this by allowing organisations to collate real-time data on the quality of arts and cultural experiences in the State.


    "The app is provided free of charge to arts organisations receiving recurrent State Government funding through the DCA's Organisations Investment Program."


    These organisations are required to report annually on their activities and how their work is received.


    "Gathering the required data through market research can cost each arts organisation up to $25,000 per analysis," Mr Day said.


    "Culture Counts captures, analyses and reports on public, peer and artist feedback based on standardised metrics of quality in real-time.


    "The metrics captured through the application can be used to benchmark individual organisations, helping to improve the quality of arts and cultural events available to the community."


    Finance Minister Sean L'Estrange said the capacity to quantify the value of culture was a major step forward.


    "It gives government the ability to measure the community benefit of investments, while giving arts consumers the opportunity to have input into Government decisions on grants and funding," Mr L'Estrange said.


    Fact File

    • Culture Counts is being used in Great Britain and the USA, and being trialled in China
    • The Culture Counts web portal can be accessed at https://culturecounts.cc
    • Read the Government's Red Tape Reduction Report Card here
    • Submit your ideas to reduce red tape and #shredthered here
    • Click here to read the Government's Regulatory Reform Policy

    Culture and the Arts Minister's office - 6552 6200

    Finance Minister's office - 6552 6900


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