2017 GIA Conference
Detroit, MI   October 28–31
Legacy and Leadership

Measuring Youth Arts Impact

Sunday, October 29, 3:45pm – 4:45pm

Organized by Ruth Mercado-Zizzo, Arts Expansion Director, EdVestors.

Presented by Julia Gittleman, Principal, Mendelsohn, Gittleman & Associates, LLC; and Ruth Mercado-Zizzo, Arts Expansion Director, EdVestors.

What are the best ways for youth arts organizations to demonstrate their programs’ impact? What are best practices for data collection and evaluation of arts education programs? What responsibilities do funders and practitioners have to develop these tools and move the field forward? In this working session, participants will explore and discuss how to increase the efficiency of data collection and demonstrate impact across the youth arts field. Presenters will share work happening in Boston involving the creation of a grantmaker-supported peer learning community (Youth Arts Impact Network) to explore and share best practices. Through facilitated discussion and Q&A, participants will take away awareness of issues pertaining to data collection, program evaluation, and capacity building related to demonstrating the impact of youth arts programs; ideas for how grantmakers can provide technical support through the development of peer learning networks to share and explore best practices regarding program impact; and knowledge of existing models for demonstrating program impact.