Evaluation in participatory arts programmes

Evaluation in participatory arts programmes
A selection of approaches, models and methods developed across Creative People and Places 2013-2016

Since the Creative People and Places (CPP) programme began in 2013, individual programmes have been developing a range of interesting evaluation approaches, models and tools.

Each CPP Place commissions a local evaluation, conducted by an external evaluator / agency to answer the main programme evaluation questions. The National Evaluation draws on these evaluations in the programme-level review.

The three programme evaluation questions driving the CPP National Evaluation are:

1. Are more people from places of least engagement experiencing and inspired by the arts?
2. To what extent was the aspiration for excellence of art and excellence of the process of engaging communities achieved?
3. Which approaches were successful and what were lessons learned?

This compendium presents a sample of these examples from 2013 to 2016 – offered and written by CPP directors and managers, critical friends, local evaluators and artists – to readers who may be thinking about their own evaluation in community contexts and participatory programmes.

 

Evaluation in participatory arts programmes


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Jun 19, 2019
By Acesso Cultura
Jun 19, 2019

In July 2016, Acesso Cultura | Access Culture presented a project to the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation which involved a series of meetings at national level (namely, the 21 intermunicipal communities and the two autonomous regions – Azores and Madeira), in order to reflect on what constitutes a barrier to cultural participation. The two metropolitan areas (Lisbon and Porto), where Acesso Cultura has a more permanent and intense presence, were excluded from the project.
Acesso Cultura considers that, thanks to the continuous promotion of accessibility and the legislation in force, professionals in the cultural sector are more aware now of the existence of physical barriers to cultural venues. However, in addition to the legislation not being implemented, it is also true that our reflection on access does not go much further than the physical aspect and, even in this case, beyond the need for ramps and adapted bathrooms.


By Macarena Cuenca y Zaloa Zabala-Inchaurraga
Apr 24, 2019

El fenómeno de la participación social, impulsado por el auge de las nuevas tecnologías, ha planteado un nuevo escenario y nuevos interrogantes para los profesionales y teóricos del museo. Para muchos de ellos, la participación se ha convertido en un pilar del nuevo paradigma del siglo XXI, en el que la co-creación desempeña un papel fundamental. Sin embargo, la terminología que rodea la participación en las artes se encuentra en un estado de cambio y tanto el concepto de participación como el de co-creación son conceptos ambiguos y son múltiples los usos e interpretaciones que se les otorgan. Este artículo se propone reflexionar sobre el binomio museo y co-creación a partir de una extensa revisión bibliográfica.

Artículo de Macarena Cuenca-Amigo Universidad de Deusto y Zaloa Zabala-Inchaurraga Universidad Yasar (Turquía) en la revista HER&MUS (Heritage and Museography) publicado en septiembre 2018. 


Mar 22, 2019
By Mar Dixon
Mar 22, 2019

How to you pull people from different sectors together to build an unknown outcome in 3 days? Started with seeing tweets from France and then wanting to get involved in something I didn’t really know what it was. It is something you have to experience to appreciate. I went to MuseoMix in France 2012 and even though didn’t understand language, knew the framework was something that could really remix and shake up museums!

The key idea was allowing other sectors to have input. For our first year, it was a little complicated getting a community but I called in favors from friends and paid them with cake and smiles. I knew they would get something out of it. Up until our first day, there was confusion but with the framework that allows for growth with some guidance the community was able to achieve a level of re-thinking they did not think would be possible. Since then we have done another MuseomixUK and rebranded to Open Community Lab to branch out to health care and other sectors.

Video of Mar DIXON (Open Community Lab and MuseomixUK, UK) at the Conference Marketing de las Artes in Madrid 2016. 


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