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At WolfBrown we work with clients to measure the impact of arts and cultural experiences. Frequently, that means we operate in the “near hereafter” — for example, surveying audience members immediately following a performance, or sampling audiences’ attitudes to other … Continue reading

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At the end of July, my colleague Sean Fenton and I went to Santa Cruz to participate in the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History‘s MuseumCamp 2014. The camp took place over three and a half days, attracting over one … Continue reading

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Given that much of WolfBrown’s work helps organizations demonstrate accountability through rigorous evaluation of their programs, I found a recent article in The Economist quite interesting. The article states that “70% of Americans trust non-profit outfits more than government or … Continue reading

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Conversations with nonprofit leaders about evaluation and accountability usually focus on intended outcomes, impacts, and benefits and how to measure them. In our evaluation work, however, we often observe unintended outcomes, which can be favorable or unfavorable. Recently I ran … Continue reading

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If you want to put a room full of artistic and managing directors to sleep, start talking about evaluation. While most of them care deeply about the impacts of their programs, talk of evaluation reliably produces anesthesia. Why? Some say … Continue reading

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Our research also looks beyond the cultural sector to other kinds of nonprofits. Recently, I spoke with an education research and evaluation organization and a venture philanthropy investment group. A common theme stood out: the process of gathering information for … Continue reading

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As part of our research, we have been speaking with executive directors and development directors of state arts agencies and cultural organizations. For most of these people, evaluation and assessment is taking a back seat to the more urgent work … Continue reading

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Of all the foundation presidents active today, Paul Brest of the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation is one of the most respected. He has written extensively on evaluation and accountability, most recently in his book, Money Well Spent, co-authored with … Continue reading

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At WolfBrown, we think a lot about effectiveness and impact and how to frame our understanding and assessment of them. I was recently fascinated by an article in the Chronicle of Philanthropy detailing the Gates Foundation’s innovative effort to assess … Continue reading

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On January 11th at the annual conference of the Association of Performing Arts Presenters, Nancy Cantor, Chancellor of Syracuse University, gave a fantastic speech about how presenters, universities, and communities can work together to achieve a higher purpose of creativity. … Continue reading

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