Aims and objectives

The aim and objectives of the Impacts 08 programme - all achieved by 2010 when our final report was published - were as follows:


To develop an exemplary, longitudinal Liverpool Model for cultural impact assessment that will measure and analyse the socio-economic and cultural impacts of Liverpool European Capital of Culture (ECoC) 2008.


  • Provide monitoring and longitudinal impact analysis of Liverpool ECoC cultural programmes and events, both retrospectively, to cover the impact of the bid itself, and up to 2009/10
  • Provide intelligence to guide decision-making within the Liverpool ECoC cultural programme and marketing strategy
  • Grow the evidence base for the impact of culture upon regeneration and city renaissance, to inform the UK national debate, influence funding decisions and assist regional cultural planning
  • Provide a replicable model that will add to the legacy of the Liverpool ECoC. This has been achieved already as the Impacts 08 framework has been used to conduct the first joint assessment of three decades of the ECoC programme across Europe (European Parliament commission, 2013) and the first holistic evaluation of a Cultural Olympiad, conducted for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Organising Committee and Arts Council England.