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Evaluation practices in participatory arts in international development: findings of a systematic literature review
chapterposted on 2017-01-01, 00:00 authored by Kim Dunphy, Vicki WareVicki Ware
Participatory arts initiatives are increasingly used in development contexts to contribute to desired outcomes. This chapter explores evaluation practices employed in such initiatives, drawing from a systematic review of 151 articles on arts in development. Findings indicate that evaluation is undertaken infrequently, with only 23 of those articles including, or primarily consisting of, evaluations. Qualitative methodologies were most prevalent, with fewer mixed methods and quantitative studies. Claims about outcomes were ubiquitous, but evidence of theories of change or systematic data analysis to support these assertions was not strong overall. The chapter concludes with recommendations for more effective arts in development work through stronger evaluation practice.