Arts & Culture
Using Creative Strategies to Measure Outcomes
Over the years we have developed ways to measure the success of summer camps, dance programs and music programs.
Community Partnership Program (Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra) has provided over 250 free events a year through its Community Partnership Program. The mission of the Program has been to "enrich the lives of people of all ages and all cultural backgrounds, excluding no one" through widespread musical presentations. Philliber Research & Evaluation worked with the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra to develop a survey to gauge musician involvement in the program.
Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Museum provides education programs for students in kindergarten through high school through its Rockin' the Schools program. The program helps students explore topics in history, language arts, physics, and other core academic subjects by connecting them to rock and roll as well as other types of music. Philliber created an evaluation system to help identify if the goals of the program were being met. The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame sends data to Philliber on a regular basis to be analyzed.Roundabout Theatre Company is working to impact upon student learning through the use of theatre inside and outside the classroom during the school day and in out-of-school time. School Partnerships provide residencies that reach students and teachers through: Curriculum Connections which uses theatre to increase learning in core subjects; Producing Partnerswhich teaches students how to produce theatre through active production; Page to Stage using theatre to teach literacy; andPerspectives which traces a central theme through different plays. Theatre Access provides free or affordable tickets enabling students to attend productions. The Student Production Workshop gives students in an out-of-school time setting the opportunity to create and produce plays. Philliber is evaluating the outcomes achieved through these efforts.The American Ballroom Theater Company promotes ballroom dancing to the general public as an expression of culture, a means of creative investigation, and a vehicle for social interaction and learning. The American Ballroom Theater's educational outreach program, Dancing Classrooms, seeks to build social awareness, confidence, and self-esteem in children. By integration into the upper elementary curricula of participating New York City schools, Dancing Classrooms focuses on teaching students respect and teamwork, as well as skills in ballroom and Latin dancing. Dancing Classrooms serves more than 7,000 students in more than 50 schools on an annual basis. American Ballroom Theater engaged Philliber Research & Evaluation to document changes in student skills, attitudes, and behavior as reported by classroom teachers, parents, teaching artists, and the students themselves.The Cleveland Play House is an evaluation of the federally-funded Compassionate Arts Remaking Education (C.A.R.E.) program to bring theatre education into underserved Cleveland public schools. This project is a randomized control trial that will begin in fall 2015.The Magic of Music Initiative (John S. and James L. Knight Foundation) supported the efforts of fifteen orchestras to reach new audiences through the production of nontraditional and enhanced concert experiences and sought to inspire more positive perceptions of orchestras and concerts leading to increased concert attendance and ticket buying. Philliber Research & Evaluation worked with each orchestra to undertake site-specific evaluations and track the initiative's progress.Very Young People's Concerts (New York Philharmonic) was launched as part of the Music for All Ages educational initiative. Designed for families with pre-school aged children, these performances introduced youngsters age three to five to classical music through games, active listening, and hands-on music-making with members of the orchestra. Philliber Research & Evaluation documented the progress of their efforts.Young Audiences offers Art is Education in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District. The program offers schools arts-infused learning through teaching artists residencies with professional arts organizations that may include assemblies, student performances and field trips. The program includes professional development opportunities and out-of-school time programs. Philliber Research & Evaluation is working to evaluate the outcomes the program achieves and building evaluation capacity of program staff and teachers through training and technical assistance.
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