Evaluation stems from a need to demonstrate success to a funder in terms of how well grants have been deployed and the desire to gain a reputation for the success of a project or programme of work. In the former we find both an economic and political rationale, particularly when it comes to being accountable for the use of public funds, whilst in the latter there is also a significant element driven by a need for recognition among significant and like-minded communities of interest. In relation to this, the presentation will look at creative process, aesthetics and resonance of the wider process and products, methods of ‘feeling’ one’s way around interactions, trouble-shooting as a working process, potential impact of ‘formal’ evaluation and the increase in ‘top-down’ methods. It will raise issues of who evaluation is for, if not for institutions to justify public money, and demonstrate other models of assessing cultural projects.
|Art, Recognition and Social Science: Re-Thinking (E)valuation