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Gattenhof - Measuring impact

Gattenhof, S. (2015) Measuring Impact:  Models for Evaluation in the Australian Arts and Culture Landscape. London: Palgrave Pivot. ISBN 978-1-137-47286-1; eISBN 978-1-137-47287-8

This book investigates the relationship developed between the researcher/evaluator and the commissioning arts and cultural producer in providing an opportunity to rethink the traditional process of reporting back on value and impact through the singular entity of funds acquittal.  Using three commissioned evaluations as examples, the discussion outlines the two positions most often adopted by researchers/evaluators, external and distanced or embedded and collaborative, and will argue the merits and deficiencies of the two approaches. This text also investigates the role of the researcher/evaluator as a broker of stakeholder interests; how cultural organizations can partner in data gathering and develop a participatory approach to the research; what role the researcher/evaluator can have in the dissemination of evaluation findings and recommendations; and makes recommendations on which partnership type is more affective in a commissioned evaluation model for an arts and culture organization in the Australian landscape.

Sandra Gattenhof “Measuring Impact: Models for Evaluation in the Australian Arts and Culture Landscape”