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The Art at Work is a national initiative to improve municipal government through strategic art projects between artists, city departments, unions, elected officials and the community.  Launched in 2007 in Portland, ME, as a three-year project, the...
Last Updated: August 21, 2013
The Preliminary Menu encompasses process outcomes (short-term), intermediate outcomes (during the life of the project), and impact (long-term, post-project results) for the Art & Soul Project in Starksboro, VT. Community members and researcher/...
Last Updated: August 21, 2013
MWW: Audio in Philadelphia serves as an example of innovation in data collection and evaluation.  This resource captures Penny Balkin Bach’s contribution from Animating Democracy’s 2012 Social Impact & Evaluation Blog Salon.
Last Updated: August 21, 2013
This paper reflects Animating Democracy co-directors’ thinking following Working Group discussion of Chris Dwyer’s “Arts and Civic Engagement: Briefing Paper for the Working Group of the Arts & Civic Engagement Impact Initiative.” The discussion...
Last Updated: August 21, 2013
The Social Movement Development Model is one way that the Crossroads Fund articulates progress toward transformation made by grantees and by Foundation investments. The model informs the grant selection process, grantee evaluation and reporting, and...
Last Updated: August 23, 2013
This piece is an excellent primer on how to think about outcomes and the hurdles that may arise in measuring them. It addresses and deals with challenges such as measuring intangibles. Published by GrantCraft (a division of the Ford Foundation), the...
Last Updated: August 26, 2013
Arts At Work collected information via online questionnaires using SurveyMonkey to learn the effects of the Police Poetry Project on core participants: Police Participant Survey The Police Participant Survey was completed by the 10 police officers...
Last Updated: August 26, 2013
Filled with resources, blogs, current events and much more on arts in the prison community; the Prison Art Coalition is a valuable tool to create awareness and promote the arts for the incarcerated.
Last Updated: October 21, 2013
 
Last Updated: May 28, 2014
The Social Movement Development Model is a tool that can be used for planning and for evaluating the impact of social change work, identifying the kinds of changes feasible for a project, or for developing new ways of thinking about how social...
Last Updated: June 9, 2014
SenseMaker uses the art of storytelling via collecting and analyzing micro-narratives to quantitatively inform researchers about human experience and social issues while also providing explanatory narrative. Animating Democracy observes that...
Last Updated: June 9, 2014
This report provides a comprehensive overview and assessment of the approaches that are currently employed in impact assessment of media as a socially valuable tool. “Social value,” in this context, is described in terms of outcomes that extend...
Last Updated: June 20, 2014
Ripple Effect Mapping (REM) engages program and community stakeholders to retrospectively and visually map the "performance story" of their work.  The REM method, presented here by University of Minnesota, is a participatory group method for...
Last Updated: June 25, 2014
See, Say, Feel, Do from Fenton Communications helps practitioners track the performance of their communications and marketing tactics against the broader goals of their project or organization by using four discrete metrics. The first metric, “do”...
Last Updated: June 25, 2014
FSG and Knight Foundation’s IMPACT: A Practical Guide to Evaluating Community Information Projects aims to help organizations collect useful information about the impact of their community information projects. Community information projects...
Last Updated: June 27, 2014

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