By: Megan Friel
Published: 2017
Uploaded: 03/27/2017
Uploaded by: Arts Administration Program
Pockets: Arts Administration Program Theses (Permission Required), Community Arts, Development, Philanthropy, Visual Arts, Museums, Crafts
Tags: Accountability Movement, Art Museum, Foundation Funding, Impact Evaluation, Iterative Evaluation, Organizational learning, Theory of Change

Description/Abstract: Over the last decade a number of factors have compounded to create a climate in which a non-profit organization’s ability to secure funding is increasingly dependent on its capacity to prove the value of the work it undertakes. This has created an arts ecology in which evaluation plays a key role in museums' abilities to secure foundation funding. This thesis studies the relationship between funders and grantees around program evaluation, examining how evaluation plans are determined, how data are collected, and how each party uses evaluation findings. The thesis explores the difference between evaluating to prove outcomes and evaluating to understand impacts, examining the difference between evaluation with a focus on accountability and evaluation with a focus on organizational learning.