Some great insights into becoming a data-informed cultural organisation can be found in a mini-series of Colleen Dilenschneider, of US research agency Impacts, on her blog.
Her blog on the first step of data collection is out now with some useful explanations of types of research, what to measure and how to get the data.
But data is only the start, of course, and the culture change involved is not to be underestimated. Look out for the other three of the four steps she proposes over the coming weeks: data interpretation, data acceptance and data integration.
A new report published by the UK Museum Association
A new report published by the UK Museum Association highlights the challenges of inclusion in museums and gives practical insights and tools for change across a range of themes in short articles by practitioners: Power and Privilege in the 21st Century Museum
Often arts organisations try programming for a specific community to attract it. However, this often doesn’t result in the desired community engagement, because all that wraps around the programme is not considered from that community’s perspective, no dialogue with the community is established and no longer term view taken.
“Putting on a black play doesn’t break down barriers for people who have historically felt un-welcomed in institutions we assume are welcoming communal spaces. Even a great production … doesn’t guarantee folks will have the capacity, the will, or the inspiration to pick up a phone and buy a ticket,” says Joe Wilson Jr., Coordinator of Activism Through Performance at Trinity Repertory Theater (Rhode Island, USA).
The OF/BY/FOR ALL Change Network shared this case study about how Trinity Repertory Theatre shifted its thinking about its programming and outreach: