CERF+

CERF+ Research

It is a capital mistake to theorize before one has data.

Arthur Conan Doyle

CERF+ conducts research to achieve a better understanding of the challenges faced by professional craft artists and to assist them in removing obstacles to the success of their careers and businesses.

Also: Regional and National Research (by other agencies)

Sustaining Careers: A Study of the Status of U.S. Craft Artists

CERF+’s 2013 survey of American craft artists, examines attitudes about craft trends, sales and income, insurance, emergency preparedness and recovery, and plans for their legacy. It also provides updates and comparison data with our 2004 national research study. Read the full study here. 

 

Executive Summary
Full Report

 

Sustaining Careers - Data Snapshots

1. Craft Artists' Income

2. Craft Artists' Education

3. The Language of Craft

 

Insuring Creativity: CERF+ Business Insurance Survey

Between February and December 2007 members of six media-focused national craft organizations participated in a survey conducted by CERF+ on a variety of topics related to business insurance. Analysis was completed and a report was issued in February 2010. Continue reading>>

Full Report

 

CERF+ Survey of Gulf Coast Beneficiaries (post Katrina)

In early 2007, CERF+ conducted a study of beneficiaries affected by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. The goals of the study were: 1) Solicit information from Hurricane Katrina and Rita-affected artists about their current status and issues impacting their recovery; 2) Establish a beneficiary knowledge base to which data from periodic follow-up surveys can be added; 3) Provide a pool of data from which CERF+ can evaluate trends regarding the effectiveness of its support efforts.


CERF+’s National Craft Artist Research Project

In 2004, in partnership with over 30 craft organizations, CERF+ conducted a national survey and hosted regional focus groups to learn about the needs, challenges, and opportunities that craft artists face.  The data gathered from this research has informed our programs and provided valuable information to the craft field as well as public and private decision-makers.

Research Summary
Full Report
Focus Group Results

 

Photos (L-R): Three of nine focus groups in conducted by CERF+ in 2012 & 2013. L-R Madison, WI; Calais, VT; Hanover, NH