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MEASUREMENT & EVALUATION

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(ALMOST) EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT MEASUREMENT
Learn how to better design or change programs, provide information to engage new partners, and identify a return on investment that has value to another sector. The shared goal of data collection and measurement is to improve both community conditions and people’s lives.



AESTHETIC PERSPECTIVES: ATTRIBUTES OF EXCELLENCE IN ARTS FOR CHANGE
A framework to enhance understanding and evaluation of creative work at the intersection of arts and civic engagement, community development, and justice.



ANIMATING DEMOCRACY EVALUATION RESOURCES
This online storehouse of resources is aimed at helping you understand what difference you’re making in your arts for change work.



ART AND CULTURE IN COMMUNITIES: A FRAMEWORK FOR MEASUREMENT
This brief is a product of the Arts and Culture Indicators in Community Building Project (ACIP) – the flagship initiative of the Urban Institute’s Culture, Creativity, and Communities (CCC) program. Launched in 1996 with support from the Rockefeller Foundation, ACIP seeks to integrate arts and culture-related measures into community quality-of-life indicator systems. ACIP is built on the premise that inclusion of arts, culture, and creativity is meaningful when it reflects the values and interests of a wide range of community stakeholders. This is the context in which the connection of arts, culture, and creativity to community building processes and other community dynamics can be fully understood.



ASSESSING A SET OF INDICATORS FOR CREATIVE PLACEMAKING
Along with the interest and growth in creative placemaking is a concomitant interest in measuring and communicating accomplishments of those efforts and sharing good practices among creative placemaking practitioners. Toward this end, funders, researchers, and other interested parties are developing methods of measuring impact and identifying what information (e.g., indicators) to collect to measure progress toward a goal.



CONTINUUM OF IMPACT
Animating Democracy’s Continuum of Impact guide defines six families of social and civic outcomes that arts practitioners and their partners commonly aspire to and achieve through creative work. These outcome families articulate ways the arts contribute to making change happen. It is particularly useful for helping defining early on in a partnership what artists are going to be doing and what the partner needs.