The Evaluation Journey: A Toolkit for Cultural Operators
As the title of this toolkit suggests, evaluation should indeed be understood as a journey. It gains relevance when it is integrated in and informs regular work, rather than seen as a separate chap- ter, done for extrinsic purposes. Evaluation also becomes more useful when performed as an iter- ative process, which allows for long-term learning.
The Evaluation Journey Toolkit aims to help address the initial obstacles to evaluation, by presenting a set of key background questions that should allow staff in cultural centres, and other cultural professionals as well, to define an evaluation model and methodology suited to their specific needs and context. While there are no universal evaluation methods, evaluation should be of interest to everyone – the questions raised in this guide should enable readers to make evaluation effectively work for them.
The toolkit is authored by Dagna Gmitrowicz and Marie Le Sourd with a foreword by Jordi Baltà, and is published by ENCC - European Network of Cultural Centres (free download).