Publication type: Book part
Type of review: Editorial review
Title: Performance measurement and evaluation in the arts and cultural sector : state-of-the-art in theory and practice and prolegomena for further developments
Authors: Labaronne, Leticia
Piber, Martin
et. al: No
DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-46796-8_11
Published in: Management, Participation and Entrepreneurship in the Cultural and Creative Sector
Editors of the parent work: Piber, Martin
Page(s): 219
Pages to: 240
Issue Date: 2020
Publisher / Ed. Institution: Springer
Publisher / Ed. Institution: Cham
ISBN: 978-3-030-46795-1
Language: English
Subjects: European capital of culture; Evaluation; Performance measurement; Art and cultural organisation; Cultural event
Subject (DDC): 306: Culture
Abstract: This chapter discusses the (often uncontested) underlying conceptualisations of performance evaluation inherent to the positivist paradigm. It problematises the origins and development of the field of evaluation and scrutinises the limits of performance measurement and evaluation as currently applied to the cultural and creative sector. Drawing on a systematic literature review, data analysis and empirical material in the context of institutional and temporary cultural organisations, we analyse political, organisational and artistic practices in relation to performance measurement, evaluation and sense-making. We first look at how performance is understood, measured and politically instrumentalised in major temporary cultural events, elaborating on the case of the European Capitals of Culture. In particular, we address issues of participation and sustainability. Next, by drawing on an ethnographic study of long-standing arts organisations in Vienna and Berlin, we analyse how performance itself is enacted and embedded in the artistic processes of the institutionalised performing arts. We then show how the artistic dimension of organisational performance can be more responsibly and holistically represented in evaluation practices. Our analysis reflects on the status quo of performance measurement and evaluation in the arts and cultural sector and the challenges associated with the current practices, which have been heavily influenced by positivist thinking in cultural policy and arts management research. Finally, we offer avenues for further developments.
Fulltext version: Published version
License (according to publishing contract): Licence according to publishing contract
Departement: School of Management and Law
Organisational Unit: Center for Arts Management (ZKM)
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