‘Treasure Island’, Leitrim Youth Theatre Project, 2021, Photo © Brian Farrell
Outcome Measurement Guidebook for Local Authority Arts Services & Arts Organisations
This Guidebook and its corresponding Outcome Framework (contained within the resource) is a response to
the actions and commitment made by the Arts Council in its ten-year strategic
plan Making Great Art Work 2016 – 2025 and both the Arts Council and the
County and City Management Association in A Framework for Collaboration:
to develop a shared approach to measuring
the impact of public investment in the arts at a local level.
The experience of supporting arts
organisations with outcome and impact measurement has taught us that impact
measurement can have a significant benefit for an organisation. Apart from the
goal of exploring whether you have made an impact, organisations have reported
that impact measurement can also provide a better understanding of working
processes and methods across an organisation, provide clarity on the changes in
people’s lives, and identify potential ways that services can be improved.
Publicly funded arts play an important role
in Irish society and hold significant value for people, artists, audiences, and
communities. The production of diverse artistic experiences are a key part of
what makes life exciting and culturally vibrant in Ireland. Through using this outcome measurement resource we
hope that organisations will explore the benefit of the arts, better understand
the significance of their work, learn new approaches and evidence ways that the
arts have made an impact in people’s lives.
We are also very keen to receive feedback
on how you find the resource.
Social Impact Measurement Guidebook
For further information and support please
contact Monica Corcoran, Strategic Development Department at the Arts Council
e: firstname.lastname@example.org m: 087 205 5932