Cultural impact and enrichment: How do we measure it and should we measure it?
Measuring the contribution of research to a nation’s economic prosperity is relatively straightforward. But it’s a different matter when we try to gauge how research and creative outputs impact on cultural life.
This discussion will consider the challenge posed for institutions which set out to try to measure cultural impact and enrichment. We’ll be considering some fundamental and contested questions: What is cultural impact and enrichment? How can we measure it – and should we measure it?
The award-winning author and playwright, Glenn Patterson, will outline his serious reservations about the desirability and validity of trying to measure cultural impact.William Blair, Director of Collections at National Museums NI, will explain why he believes that impact is of fundamental importance to his organisation and is the ultimate measure of its success.
We’ll also hear from relevant impact support staff from Royal Holloway University and from the University of Warwick.
Participants will be treated to a thought-provoking discussion which should provide them with new perspectives on the issue and, at a more practical level, with new ideas for ways of measuring and evidencing cultural impact.
Dr Liz Fawcett - Research Impact Officer, Queen’s University, Belfast
Glenn Patterson - Director of the Seamus Heaney Centre, Queen’s University Belfast
William Blair - Director of Collections, National Museums NI
Prof Karen Fleming - Head of the Belfast School of Art, Ulster University
Carly Hegenbarth - Research Impact Manager: Social Sciences, University of Warwick
|Theme:||Impact & Public Engagement|
|Level:||Open to all|
|Date:||18th June 2019|
|Time:||14:00 - 15:15|