Funders want data, partners want proof of impact, participants want to know they’re in good hands. Still, arts and culture’s impact is in many ways immeasurable. So, we find ways to measure impact. We collect surveys and record participation, we sell tickets, we assess demographics, we make correlations with test scores and economic activity. These are all incredibly important tools, but for many smaller organizations, the amount of time spent recording information means less time devoted to the important programming it’s aimed at measuring.
Let’s take a moment to discuss best practices and come up with potential solutions for working together so that you can spend more time creating, performing, teaching, writing, and changing lives of the people you serve.