Meet the Research and Policy Team

Ben Davidson

Senior Director of Research Services
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Sons' Art Work

In addition to managing all of our economic impact research, Ben is also oversees research studies focusing on issues surrounding cultural policy, funding trends, and surveys to evaluate the health and condition of our many stakeholder groups. Ben began his second tenure with Americans for the Arts in 2000 as the director of research. He had previously served as research services coordinator prior to joining KPMG Consulting, where he worked as a management consultant for several years. Before coming to Washington, DC, Ben was a project manager with the specialty research and evaluation firm that conducted Americans for the Arts' benchmark national economic impact study in 1994. Ben has subsequently updated our national economic impact data three times by completing Arts & Economic Prosperity II (published in 2002), Arts & Economic Prosperity III (published in 2006), and Arts & Economic Prosperity IV (published in 2012). The most recent effort included the collection and analysis of surveys from nearly 10,000 nonprofit arts and culture organization surveys and more than 150,000 arts patrons in 182 U.S. communities. Arts & Economic Prosperity IV is the largest study ever conducted to measure the economic impact of the nation’s nonprofit arts industry. Ben also developed a business and marketing plan for our package of research services including web-based survey projects and Creative Industries reports. A graduate of James Madison University, Ben received his B.S. in Mass Communication.

Research and Policy