The Role of Data and Evaluation in the Cultural and Third Sector

with Dr. Vikki McCall, Dr. Alasdair Rutherford, Dr. Orian Brook & Dr. Eric Jensen

University of Stirling, Scotland

About This Workshop

The cultural and third sectors are often accused of having a lack of robust data and evaluation to evidence their impact and to study public engagement. This workshop explores what types of data these sectors have, the quality of existing evaluation data and what kinds of evaluation data they still need to develop. The workshop questions the current ways of thinking about evaluation and evidence in these sectors, identifying new evaluation options and strategies which are appropriate in analysing public engagement of the cultural and third sectors.

The workshop helps to address significant questions for the cultural and third sectors. These include:

  1. What is the role of evaluation today when studying public engagement?
  2. How is evaluation addressed within policy and practice?
  3. How can evaluation be improved to better inform practice and policy of public engagement?

The workshop will explore what needs to be done to generate the evidence needed for practitioners, policymakers and wider stakeholders when studying public engagement. The event also reviews current thinking and practices to enable cultural and third sector practitioners to gain a better understanding of expectations and trends in museum, cultural and third sector policy.

Dr. Orian Brook Research Fellow

Dr. Orian Brook is a Research Fellow at the University of Stirling, helping people working in the third sector to improve their skills in research and data analysis, and aiming to improve our knowledge about the sector.

Previously Dr. Brook has taught quantitative research methods at the University of Glasgow and has been a researcher on the AHRC-funded Understanding Everyday Participation project. She has PhD from the University of St Andrews, on spatial analysis of cultural participation. Prior to this she was a researcher and marketer for arts organisations, analysing box office data and conducting primary qualitative and quantitative research, and training arts practitioners in audience research and analysis. She was a consultant on the development of the Audience Finder segmentation, which incorporated spatial analysis techniques developed in her PhD. UoS logo

Dr. Alasdair Rutherford Senior Lecturer, Social statistics

Dr. Alasdair Rutherford is a senior lecturer in social statistics at the University of Stirling. He is also currently Principal Investigator of the ESRC-funded Scottish Civil Society Data Partnership project, helping third sector organisations to collaborate with academics to make better use of their data.

His work uses both social survey and administrative data to tackle research questions on the topics of volunteering, third sector organisation, ageing, health and social care. UoS logo

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Dr. Vikki McCall Lecturer in Social Policy

Dr. Vikki McCall is a Lecturer in Social Policy and Housing at the University of Stirling. She is a specialist in social policy and has worked on key projects in the Third Sector, including comparative analysis between Scotland, England and Wales.

Her work has included extensive research on the role of front-line workers, users and volunteers and the policy process. This has included exploring front-line worker discretion, interpretations, activities and actions. Part of this work has been around bridging the gap between policy and practice. Dr McCall has published work around social policy, online academic communities, social inclusion, museums, policy makers' perceptions of culture and cultural data. She is also a leader on e-learning and teaching through a variety of different mediums. UoS logo

Dr. Eric Jensen Associate Professor

Dr. Eric Jensen (Associate Professor, Dept. of Sociology, University of Warwick) is a leading social scientist specializing in innovative methods of conducting impact evaluation research in informal learning and public engagement contexts.

Jensen is author of Doing Real Research: A Practical Guide to Social Research (SAGE). He has extensive experience designing and conducting quantitative and mixed methods evaluations at institutions including the National Gallery, London Zoo, Natural History Museum, Cheltenham Literature Festival, the British Museum, San Diego Zoo and Bronx Zoo. Dr. Jensen holds a PhD in Sociology from the University of Cambridge (UK). He teaches social research methods at the University of Warwick.
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Research Methods
Impact Evaluation
Survey Design
Qualitative Methods
Quantitative Methods

Participation notes

Readings will be provided to registered participants electronically in advance of the workshop.

Dr. Vikki McCall
Dr. Vikki McCall

Dr. Vikki McCall is a Lecturer in Social Policy and Housing at the University of Stirling. She is a specialist in social policy and has worked on key projects in the Third Sector, including comparative analysis between Scotland, England and Wales.

Dr. Alasdair Rutherford
Dr. Alasdair Rutherford

Dr. Alasdair Rutherford is a senior lecturer in social statistics at the University of Stirling. He is also currently Principal Investigator of the ESRC-funded Scottish Civil Society Data Partnership project, helping third sector organisations to collaborate with academics to make better use of their data.

Dr. Orian Brook
Dr. Orian Brook

Dr. Orian Brook is a Research Fellow at the University of Stirling, helping people working in the third sector to improve their skills in research and data analysis, and aiming to improve our knowledge about the sector.

Dr. Eric Jensen
Dr. Eric Jensen

Dr. Eric Jensen (Associate Professor, Dept. of Sociology, University of Warwick) is a leading social scientist specializing in innovative methods of conducting impact evaluation research in informal learning and public engagement contexts.

Location

University of Stirling, Stirling, Scotland


2016-03-10 13:00:00 2016-03-10 17:00:00 Europe/London The Role of Data and Evaluation in the Cultural and Third Sector The cultural and third sectors are often accused of having a lack of robust data and evaluation to evidence their impact and to study public engagement. This workshop explores what types of data these sectors have, the quality of existing evaluation data and what kinds of evaluation data they still need to develop. The workshop questions the current ways of thinking about evaluation and evidence in these sectors, identifying new evaluation options and strategies which are appropriate in analysing public engagement of the cultural and third sectors. The workshop helps to address significant questions for the cultural and third sectors. These include: What is the role of evaluation today when studying public engagement? How is evaluation addressed within policy and practice? How can evaluation be improved to better inform practice and policy of public engagement? The workshop will explore what needs to be done to generate the evidence needed for practitioners, policymakers and wider stakeholders when studying public engagement. The event also reviews current thinking and practices to enable cultural and third sector practitioners to gain a better understanding of expectations and trends in museum, cultural and third sector policy. University of Stirling, Stirling, Scotland Methods For Change [email protected]
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