The 11th ENCATC Working Group on Evaluation meeting will bring together representatives from Arts Fairs in Europe and beyond (e.g. staff in charge of the evaluation and/or collection of data); representatives from cities or touristic offices in charge of the collection of data and/or evaluation; academics; researchers; members of the ENCATC Working Group on Evaluation; and EU officials. It will build on the progress achieved from previous meetings in Brussels, Potsdam, Manchester, Antwerp, Maastricht, Zagreb, and Lucca.
The draft programme will include on 12 March optional visits to different organizations in Maastricht in order to learn about cultural policies and strategies of the EU nowadays, culture as heritage, cultural diplomacy and EU external cultural relations.
The meeting will be on 13 March with the aim to foster exchange among the participants on existing evaluation methodologies used by Arts fairs, cities and regions to better understand the impact at city level of the Art fairs in their own territories. Exchange among the participants will be on profiling, satisfaction surveys, qualitative approaches currently used by the Arts fairs and the evaluators appointed by cities and regions, and finally to better understand the audience of the Arts fairs.
The ENCATC Working Group was created to share evaluation experiences of transnational cultural projects and networks subsidized by EU and improve methodologies as well as to identify rigorous indicators for successful cooperation and share them with EU and international organisations.
Evaluation has become a more and more crucial matter for public authorities and professionals in cultural field. Several ENCATC members are involved in the evaluation of European projects subsidized by Creative Europe, Erasmus+, Horizon 2020 or other transnational programmes of European Commission. They have to develop methodologies to help arts and cultural managers to implement the evaluation process. At the same time, several European networks are looking for best practices on evaluation and monitoring. Upon several occasions they have expressed the need to create a space for exchange and mutual learning. The European Commission is also working on finalising its own evaluation policy for the Creative Europe programme. The feedback from the beneficiaries and cultural experts is very important for the finalisation and validation the EC’s work. All of these factors are contributing reasons for the need of a working group on the evaluation of international and European transnational projects.
On 25 October 2016 in Brussels, ENCATC held the kick-off meeting for its Working Group “Evaluation of International and European Transnational Cultural Projects”. Participants included representatives from the European Commission, national institutions, universities, European networks, cultural institutions, and consultancies from seven countries. The Working Group is led by its chair, Pascale Bonniel Chalier, a member of ENCATC from the University Lyon II in France.
In 2017, ENCATC organised two more meetings:
In 2018, ENCATC organised meetings on:
- 27 April 2018 in Manchester, United Kingdom
- 19 June 2018 in Potsdam, Germany
- 13 November 2018 in Antwerp, Belgium
In 2019, ENCATC organised meetings on: