Performance evaluation in the arts



Arts organisations supported by both public funding and generated income from audiences, sponsors and other means, depend on evaluation and research to help them understand audience demographics and experience and demonstrate the efficacy and impact of funding on desired policy outcomes. The mechanisms and research instruments used by organisations in this way have been subject to much debate and increasing scrutiny, not just by policy-makers but also through critical investigation and reflection instigated through academic research. My research explores issues of power, efficacy, instrumentalism and public value in relation to research, evaluation and governance of the arts and culture, frequently through the position of reflective practice as part of research and evaluation programme working with arts partners.

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