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How can the impact of cultural development work in local government be measured? Towards more effective planning and evaluation strategies

Dunphy, Kim 2010, How can the impact of cultural development work in local government be measured? Towards more effective planning and evaluation strategies, Local global : identity, security, community, vol. 7, pp. 100-119.

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Title How can the impact of cultural development work in local government be measured? Towards more effective planning and evaluation strategies
Author(s) Dunphy, Kim
Journal name Local global : identity, security, community
Volume number 7
Start page 100
End page 119
Total pages 20
Publisher R M I T
Place of publication Melbourne, Vic.
Publication date 2010
ISSN 1832-6919
Keyword(s) cultural development
local government
monitoring
evaluation
Program Logic
arts indicators
Summary The field of cultural development in local government is relatively new, with most councils only having dedicated staff or teams within the last ten to fifteen years. Challenges are associated with that newness in the areas of planning, goal setting and formal evaluation of achievements in relation to goals. How can the best decisions be made about what is needed? How can the outcomes of that work be evaluated? What should be measured and how? This paper explores these challenges and presents some solutions. Program Logic is introduced as a methodology for effective planning and evaluation of cultural development work in local government. The need for both performance and outcome evaluation of cultural development work is discussed, as are the levels of evaluation required; considering the contribution of individual workers, departments, whole of council and the overall community outcomes. Factors beyond the influence of local government, which impact the outcomes of arts initiatives, are also considered in arguing that more sophisticated evaluation processes are required.
Language eng
Field of Research 160502 Arts and Cultural Policy
Socio Economic Objective 950199 Arts and Leisure not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
HERDC collection year 2010
Copyright notice ©2010, RMIT University – School of Global Studies, Social Sciences and Planning
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30045459

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Humanities and Social Sciences
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