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Measuring the impact of the cultural dimension in international development. Dr Vicki-Ann Ware, School of Music – Conservatorium, Monash University Kim Dunphy, Deakin University 3-4 May 2012. Setting the scene. Today: measuring the impact of the cultural activities in ID.

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Measuring the impact of the cultural dimension in international development

Measuring the impact of the cultural dimension in international development

Dr Vicki-Ann Ware, School of Music – Conservatorium, Monash University

Kim Dunphy, Deakin University

3-4 May 2012


Setting the scene
Setting the scene international development

Measuring the impact of the arts in ID


Today measuring the impact of the cultural activities in id
Today: measuring the impact of the cultural activities in ID international development

  • Focus on measuring the impact of the arts in ID

  • Why are we interested in this?

  • Caveats:

    • Arts ≠ culture; one subset

    • Work in progress  feedback welcome!

Measuring the impact of the arts in ID


Outline of presentation
Outline of presentation international development

  • Description of initial project leading to this exploration of measurement

  • Case studies

  • Some possible explanations

  • Thoughts going forward

Measuring the impact of the arts in ID


Systematic review
Systematic review international development

Measuring the impact of the arts in ID


Systematic review1
Systematic review international development

  • Methods

  • Progress to date

    • Identified 214 articles thus far

    • 24 evaluations

    • 37 alternative research/critique

    • 80 case studies

    • 26 policy documents

    • 25 practice/process issues

    • ~ 40 articles analysed thus far

  • Discovery: measurement issues

Measuring the impact of the arts in ID


Case studies
Case studies international development

Measuring the impact of the arts in ID


Case study 1
Case study (1) international development

Braden, S. and M. Mayo (1999). "Culture, community development and representation." Community Development Journal34(3): 191-204.

  • Clear theory of change

  • Project designed, based upon the evidence underpinning this theory of change

  • Case study clearly describes population involved, process and outcomes  effective, rigorous

  • However:

    • No tool for measuring extent of effectiveness.

    • Not experimental design ...yet....

Measuring the impact of the arts in ID


Case study 2
Case study (2) international development

Nogueira, M. P. (2006). "Reflections on the impact of a long term theatre for community development project in Southern Brazil." Research in Drama Education: The Journal of Applied Theatre and Performance 11(2): 219-234.

  • This study: two projects, two approaches in one location

  • Research question: what are the benefits of long-term theatre practice in this community?

  • Approach one: cultural renewal (based on Krugli and Dasté)

  • Approach two: Theatre for Development, based on Freire and Boal

  • Data collected through interviews

  • A range of challenges and positive changes documented.

  • Voice of community privileged in assessing research question.

Measuring the impact of the arts in ID


Case study 3
Case study (3) international development

  • Assertions with no evidence

  • No critical reflection on artistic practices or outcomes

Measuring the impact of the arts in ID


Some possible explanations
Some possible explanations international development

Measuring the impact of the arts in ID


Why don t artists measure the impacts of their work
Why don’t artists measure the impacts of their work? international development

  • Resourcing

  • Training

  • Worldview

  • Issues with research methodologies

Measuring the impact of the arts in ID


Are research methods part of the problem
Are research methods part of the problem? international development

  • Community arts is about process at least as much as product

     need methods which explore processes more than products

  • Community arts do not start with a hypothesis to be (dis)proved

Measuring the impact of the arts in ID


Why is this important
Why is this important? international development

  • Purpose of measurement

  • Building profile and developing integral place for arts in ID

  • Improving resourcing for arts in ID

Measuring the impact of the arts in ID


Conclusions
Conclusions international development

Measuring the impact of the arts in ID


Final thoughts
Final thoughts international development

  • We know intuitively that the arts can be powerful, but the evidence is weak.

  • Values alignment....

  • This evidence needs to be strengthened....

Measuring the impact of the arts in ID


Any comments or questions
Any comments or questions? international development

Contact details:

  • Vicki-Ann Ware: vicki-ann.ware@monash.edu

Measuring the impact of the arts in ID