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Dr Stephen Connolly

A founding Director of DC Research, Stephen has more than eighteen years research experience achieved through a combination of roles in both academic research and private sector research and consultancy. Stephen also brings additional commercial and client/customer service experience to DC Research from working in the UK banking sector in the late 1980’s and early 1990’s.

Stephen was awarded his PhD in 2004 (for a thesis entitled ‘An Analysis of the UK National Lottery: estimating additionality for local government’) and is a Member of the Institute of Economic Development and the UK Evaluation Society. He is also currently a committee member of the Carlisle City Centre Business Group.

Stephen’s work at DC Research involves managing and delivering national, regional and local research studies and providing support to clients in the public, private and third sector across the UK. This has included evaluations, economic impact studies, policy research, socio-economic analysis and profiling, programme development, partnership assessments, impact and evaluation frameworks, and strategy/action plan development.

In recent years, Stephen has developed a wide-ranging portfolio of culture, arts, museums and heritage-related research experience including research studies about the wider instrumental roles of arts and culture, economic impact and economic value assessments, and the development of Impact Frameworks. This experience complements his wider and long standing research experience across a range of economic and regeneration agendas stretching back to the mid 1990’s.

Stephen’s recent experience includes managing and leading on the delivery of the following projects:

Arts & Creative Industries
Economic Contribution Study: An Approach to the Economic Assessment of Arts & Creative Industries in Scotland – Creative Scotland and Scottish Enterprise
Mapping the Creative Industries in Wales – Welsh Government (in partnership with Wavehill)
Evaluation of the Creative Arts Business Network (CABN) New Work Project – Scottish Borders Council
South of Scotland Creative Clusters Evaluation – Scottish Borders Council
Museums and Heritage
Evaluation of the Recognition Scheme and Fund – Museums Galleries Scotland
Creative Communities Strategic Commissioning Research – Renaissance South West Museums
Income Generation Project – Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery Trust
Arts and Culture
Economic Impact Assessment of Perth Concert Hall and Perth Theatre – Horsecross Arts
Economic Impact Case Study: Arts & Creative Industries in the Outer Hebrides – Creative Scotland and Highlands & Islands Enterprise
Economic Impact of BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend in Carlisle – Carlisle Tourism Partnership
Economic Impact of the Arts in Northumberland – Northumberland Strategic Arts Forum
Economic Studies
Economic and Social Value of Gaelic as an Asset – Highlands & Islands Enterprise, Bòrd na Gàidhlig, Creative Scotland, Scottish Natural Heritage, The Highland Council, Argyll and Bute Council, and Comhairle nan Eilean Siar
Baseline Socio-Economic Research for Economic Studies as part of Brand Management Work for Cumbria and the Lake District – Allerdale Borough Council, Copeland Borough Council, Cumbria County Council, Cumbria Chamber of Commerce, Cumbria Tourism.