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ENCATC’s Working Group on Evaluation kicks off with face to face meeting in Brussels

ENCATC’s Working Group on Evaluation kicks off with face to face meeting in Brussels

On 25 October 2015 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.

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.

The Working Group is led by its chair, Pascale Bonniel Chalier, a member of ENCATC from the University Lyon II in France. The aim of this first meeting in Brussels was to: better understand the priorities of the Creative Europe programme in relation to the evaluation of both transnational cultural projects and European networks; share evaluation experiences of transnational cultural projects subsidized by EU (Creative Europe programme and Eramsus +); discuss how to improve our current evaluation methodologies for International / European cultural projects and networks; and adopt a work plan for 2017.

As we move forward it will be exciting to share the developments of this group and what they will contribute for the benefit of ENCATC members and the sector at large. We believe the question of evaluation is not only for experts, consultants or teachers; it is a core question for cultural sectors and networks to defend their missions in society and prove the essential role for Humanity,” said GiannaLia Cogliandro Beyens, ENCATC Secretary General.

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