Conference report: Evidencing the Impact of the Arts | News | a-n

06Dec12

Conference report: Evidencing the Impact of the Arts | News | a-n.

The arts sector in Wales, as elsewhere in the UK, is facing big challenges. It is more important than ever to show what benefits the arts can deliver. In England there is much anxious anticipation about what the next government spending review might bring for regional arts organisations in the face of local authority spending cuts such as those recently seen in Newcastle.

It’s clear from the media coverage that politicians continue to rely on quantitative evidence in the face of the significant qualitative evidence that shows how valuable the arts are. The Evidencing the Impact seminar, organised by Arts Development UK and Arts Council Wales, looked at new ways of thinking and working to help answer the crucial question: ‘What difference did we make?’

This seminar, the first of a series, looked at arts development issues from a Welsh perspective. By focusing on outcomes, organisations can move away from a traditional performance approach, where the emphasis is on the quantity of activity delivered, to an approach that measures the impact of the activity on customers and citizens. This all helps to prepare a case for the value of the arts.

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