Minnesota State Arts Board: Building Evaluation Capacity for the Arts

by Jessica Stolen

The Minnesota State Arts Board is pleased to announce a four-part evaluation capacity building webinar series. This opportunity is being offered, free of charge, to any individuals or organizations that provide arts programming.

 The goal of the Building Evaluation Capacity for the Arts series is to build skills to evaluate arts programs and to create a community of learners committed to evaluation. Participants can attend all sessions or only the ones relevant and of interest.   

Please note, participating in this training is optional and will not influence any current or future grant applications with the Minnesota State Arts Board.

Webinars will be held from 1:00-2:30 p.m. The following are dates and brief descriptions of each session.
April 16: Understanding evaluation and outcomes
. Learn more about why you should evaluate your arts programs and how you can develop outcomes to drive your evaluation.

April 30: How to evaluate. Learn strategies to help you plan an effective evaluation, define your questions and audience, and conduct an evaluation. We will explore a variety of methods to evaluate your programs including surveys and interviews.

May 14: Evaluation on a shoestring budget. Evaluation can be participatory, creative, and low budget. Join this session to learn some creative strategies for evaluating your arts programming.

May 28: Data sensemaking and sharing results. Learn how to analyze data to improve your programs and communicate the impact of your work.

If you are interested in participating, please register by opening the following link and selecting each session you are interested in attending.


The trainings will be recorded and available at a future date on the Minnesota State Arts Board website for those who are unable to attend. Those who attend will have the opportunity to interact with others interested in the arts, ask questions of the presenters, and apply their learning through interactive activities. 

If you have any questions reach out to Jeffrey Niblack, Arts Board research and evaluation director, at Jeffrey.Niblack@state.mn.us.

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