The Importance of Evaluating Creative Efforts in Community Now
Thursday, June 25, 2020
1:30 p.m. EDT
About this Session
We’re in the midst of a pandemic, and you want me to evaluate my impact? YES! In a moment when everyone will be questioning the value and worth of what you’re doing for your community through the arts, creating and following-through on simple ways of gathering feedback and evaluating the impact your efforts are having is crucial. In this session, demystify evaluation and focus specifically on manageable evaluation efforts right now—and leave with know-how to get going.
- Discuss why even (and especially) in moments like this, simple evaluation and documentation is crucial.
- Demystify evaluation and learn quick, easy techniques for gathering baseline data on your impact.
- Focus on manageable evaluation efforts right now, and leave knowing how to get going.
Susannah Larmee Kidd, Independent Evaluation Consultant
This session is a part of the 2020 Annual Convention and Public Art & Civic Design Conference.
Susannah Laramee Kidd
Independent Evaluation Consultant
Susannah Laramee Kidd is an ethnographer turned evaluator and arts and culture policy researcher. As an independent consultant, Laramee Kidd works with artists, arts and community development organizations, and community advocates to create frameworks that generate learning for action from the ground up. With Metris Arts Consulting, she has led knowledge building, theory of change, evaluation planning and capacity building, and cultural asset mapping projects in Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Chicago, and for the state of Indiana. Previously, Laramee Kidd was a Mellon/ACLS Public Fellow at the LA County Department of Arts and Culture, where she evaluated public art, social practice, and public engagement projects at parks and libraries. Laramee Kidd holds a Ph.D. in Anthropology of Religion and Literature and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies from Emory University. After many years of getting to know and love several U.S. cities, she is thrilled to be based again in her native Philadelphia.