Impact and public engagement: what can we learn by working with arts organisations?
Please note: this session is a PechaKucha and is booked with ‘The Times they are A-Changin’. Using Theories of Change and Evidence Trackers to Demonstrate Impact’ as a block.
Evaluating impact is a priority that is shared by many of those who work in partnership with universities, including arts organisations. There are well-recognised challenges in evaluating arts participation, not least from a longitudinal perspective. During my research career, I have worked with numerous arts organisations to evaluate specific projects. Then in 2017 I was asked by B Arts – an arts organisation that has been based in North Staffordshire since 1985 – to develop an impact framework that could help them to identify their overall impact as a company over time. We used a theory of change approach, involving primary research with stakeholders – some of whom had been connected with the company for many years. Shortly after completing this project (March 2018), I took up a newly created post as Research Impact Manager at Staffordshire University. I was able to recognise the shared challenges around impact between these two different organisations, and looked for ways to apply my learning from the work with B Arts to my role in supporting academics. In this presentation, I explain the process of developing the B Arts Impact Framework and share my reflections on its relevance to the Higher Education context.
Dr Jackie Reynolds - Research Impact Manager, Staffordshire University
|Theme:||Impact & Public Engagement|
|Level:||Open to all|
|Date:||17th June 2019|
|Time:||14:00 - 14:30|
|Room:||Meeting room 1b|