The Field Lab supported five cultural organizations and projects whose creative work seeks to foster civic engagement and make change. Evaluation professionals were matched with groups in a collaborative inquiry to explore how to gauge and describe social change outcomes of their work. Their learning is documented in case studies.
The initiative supported development of the IMPACT website to respond to the need for a wide range of materials to help document and assess the impact of arts-based civic engagement and community arts practice.
A Working Group
These respected practitioners, researchers, evaluators, funders, and other field leaders developed a shared research agenda and identified opportunities and gaps in knowledge, resources, and tools.
Strategies for Casemaking and Communication
In the future, the initiative will: offer creative and compelling models for reporting and casemaking; develop common message points that make a consistent case to policy makers; and demonstrate the “value added” contribution of the arts to addressing issues about which decision-makers care most.