Arts Philanthropy, Evaluation, Accountability & Social Change

Monday, October 18, 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Organized by John Bare, vice president, The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation.

Presented by Alan Brown, principal, WolfBrown.

Many arts funders rely on logic models and outcome-based evaluations to assess their investments in programs. This session will challenge conventional thinking about evaluation and accountability and provide participants with a new understanding of the harmful effects of philanthropy's accountability movement and why the movement places more emphasis on compliance and process than on generating external value for society. Participants will leave the session with knowledge of alternative approaches to evaluation that support nonlinear social change strategies, as well as a sense of how to choose evaluation tools based on the level of complexity required.

Related Links:

Bare, John. “Philanthropy, Evaluation, Accountability and Social Change.” The Foundation Review 1 no. 4 (2010).