Evaluating major cultural events and interventions

DHA has worked with a number of clients to undertake evaluations and to assess the outputs, outcomes and impacts of arts and cultural activities.

Recent and current work includes two significant studies looking at major events and impact, working alongside colleagues at the Institute for Cultural Capital (ICC). Commissioned by LOCOG on behalf of a wider group of stakeholders, including Arts Council England, DCMS, Legacy Trust UK, the British Council , GLA and a range of other organisations, DHA produced the UK-wide evaluation of the Cultural Olympiad, the cultural programme which was part of the UK’s hosting of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The second study is a commission from the European Parliament, looking at the European Capital of Culture award, with a particular focus on long-term effects in cities who were awarded the title from 2005.

DHA also worked with the University of West Scotland (UWS) and the ICC on the evaluation of Scotland’s Cultural Olympiad programme, and are working with UWS and BOP on the evaluation of the Glasgow 2014 Cultural Programme.

These studies look at multiple areas of impact, using mixed methodologies, and involving both primary and secondary data to build up a picture of what has taken place. 

The final report on the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad is here: http://www.artscouncil.org.uk/what-we-do/our-priorities-2011-15/london-2012/, with an executive summary available here: http://iccliverpool.ac.uk/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/Garcia2013London2012COEvaluation-Summary.pdf

The final report on European Capitals of Culture is here: http://iccliverpool.ac.uk/?research=european-capitals-of-culture-longer-term-effects

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