Evaluation' - one of the key words in national, European and international cultural policies - is considered with mixed feelings by practitioners: as a burdensome and pointless process, as a meaningful tool for self-improvement, or as something in-between. This IETM toolkit aims to guide you through the key steps of evaluation, whether you have chosen to do it yourself or if a funder or decision-maker asks you to do so and provides you with pre-conceived tools.
The South African Festivals Economic Impact Calculator (SAFEIC) is a free online tool developed by the South African Cultural Observatory specifically for cultural festival and event organisers so they can track the economic impact of their events. The SAFEIC is designed to be used to estimate the economic impact of a festival on a host economy. It has been carefully, and conservatively, designed so as to produce results that are as reliable and valid as possible for a wide range of events – provided the data that is inputted is as accurate as possible.
The report is the key output of the working group of EU Member States on Intercultural Dialogue in the context of the migratory and refugee crisis, created in October 2015. The report looks at how arts and culture can bring people together and increase their participation in society. The report provides recommendations for cultural policymakers and for cultural organisations structured around three key themes: empowerment, intersectoral and evaluation.
A guideline for the evaluation of cultural projects, programmes, strategies, and institutions, Published by Migros Culture Percentage and Pro Helvetia Swiss Arts Council.
Guide pratique > Fondation Daniel & Nina Carasso > Auto-évaluer l'impact social de projets artistiques
Ce guide méthodologique a pour objectif d’aider les acteurs du champ culturel à identifier et à évaluer l’impact social généré par leurs projets. Il a été conçu dans une logique d’auto-évaluation: la démarche d’évaluation est définie et mise en œuvre par la structure elle-même. Ce guide a été élaboré à partir de la dé- marche expérimentale d’évaluation et de capitalisation de l’Appel à projets Art & Territoire menée par la Fondation Daniel et Nina Carasso avec 20 porteurs de projet et accompagnée par le cabinet Nuova Vista entre 2014 et 2016. Les 20 projets soutenus apportent une réponse concrète à la question évaluative : «Comment une démarche artistique exigeante peut-elle contribuer au vivre ensemble sur un territoire ?»
Cultural work is a central component of German foreign cultural and educational policy. It is based on an extended understanding of culture, which comprises not only the arts and high culture, but also popular culture, everyday culture and other areas besides. Culture is understood as a dynamic, dialogic process, which develops irrespective of location and in a multitude of ways. This approach implies to identify key premices and methods, to develop an impact model for evaluation and basic principles of the working approach and to think in terms of impacts' cycles.
ixia is England’s public art think tank. In 2004, ixia commissioned OPENspace, the research centre for inclusive access to outdoor environments based at the Edinburgh College of Art and Heriot-Watt University, to research ways of evaluating public art (see link below). Much of the content of this practical Guide has been informed by that academic research. However, the Guide’s emphasis and content has also been shaped by feedback from ixia’s Evaluation Seminars and fieldwork conducted by ixia and consultants who have used ixia’s ‘Evaluation Toolkit’. The present guide is the 2014 edition.
The 20th anniversary of RESEO, the European Network for Opera, Music and Dance Education, provided an ideal opportunity to take stock of the arts education sector and its developments. The network’s 2016 Autumn conference took place in Paris from 28-30 November, focusing on evaluation with the aim of analysing the achievements, breakthroughs and challenges encountered by the sector over the last twenty years. The Opéra national de Paris, a RESEO founding member, hosted the event and contributed largely to its organisation.
The Indicator Framework on Culture and Democracy (IFCD) is a tool for assessing and optimising cultural policies on the basis of reliable, comparative data and for examining links between culture and democracy within and among Council of Europe member states. The IFCD has been developed by the Council of Europe in collaboration with the Hertie School of Governance (Berlin) and with support from the European Cultural Foundation and member states.
On 23 of October 2014, 50 researchers, academics, cultural operators and practitioners, cultural managers and representatives from European and international institutions met in Paris to discuss about the most recent advancements in cultural evaluation. All in all, more than 11 countries were represented with participants coming from as far as Morocco and Australia. Among the audience were representatives of the European Commission, UNESCO, OECD, the European Cultural Foundation, the French Ministry of Culture, the British Council, the Louvre Museum, as well as directors of prominent cultural networks and art organizations. Check the report.
Evaluation of the International Opportunities Fund (Wales) - a study commissioned by Wales Arts International to On the Move
Wales Arts International has commissioned an evaluation of the International Opportunities Fund (IOF) and its impact on the mobility of artists and cultural professionals based in Wales. The research was carried out by On the Move through interviews with both recipients of the IOF awards and their international partners.
RCF is pleased to publish an assessment on the impact of mobility. This assessment is a necessary follow-up, in the collaboration we have undertaken with regional and local partners, to define strategies for transnational artistic mobility. Our work aims to identify positive effects of travel and consequences in the nature and diversity of cultural and artistic products or offers. Find out the results!
Cultural organisations, how to evaluate your success online? Useful report Let's Get Real, by Culture24, September 2011
Culture24 has been working collaboratively on an action research project with a range of cultural sector organisations to help them define and measure their success online. The final report, called ‘Let’s Get Real’, details the methodology, research and key findings. Find also further useful resources for social media!