Measuring the Impact of a Mobility Grant

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.

The RCF decided to send a questionnaire to the grantees of the Fund in order to identify the concrete output of their travel and their opinions on mobility in the euro- middle east- north african region.

The questionnaire was drafted together with Inga Farina Petzhold from the University of Hildeshiem in Germany and Matina Magkou, PhD student working with Cristina Ortega Nuere at the Institute of Leisure Studies, University of Bilbao, Spain.

The questionnaire was sent to all the grantees of the Fund in October (around 500 email addresses). We registered the reception of this questionnaire in 18 countries such as Jordan, Egypt, Tunisia, Turkey, Portugal, Serbia, France, Germany, Italy, Belgium, Croatia, United Kingdom and Spain. The 108 answers were received in November and December 2012.

A majority of the respondents mentioned that their travel grant led to a better integration in the artistic and cultural field and to concrete realizations (exhibitions, screenings, concerts, performances, touring, publications). The main motive for travelling was to set up or continue artistic projects.

The impact of the travel grant is realised on a short term period as 57,5% of the respondents realised that their travel had had a positive impact on their work either during or right after their travel.

96% of the respondents are still in touch with their host and 67% of them have returned or have concrete plans to return to the hosting countries for professional reasons. Finally, 45% of the respondents engage in mobility practices in the euro-middle east-north african region for professional reasons more than once a year.

This report does not seek to be an overall evaluation nor to reflect the opinions of all grantees. It is the first step of « a work in progress » that the RCF will continue in the next months.