CDN’s Outcomes Schema

The Measurable Outcomes have been developed to facilitate measurement of outcomes of cultural engagement, including arts participation.

The Measurable Outcomes enable the contributions of cultural engagement to be assessed using a systemised approach. This enables organisations to understand how effective they are being in achieving their objectives, thus contributing to evidence-based practice, which is increasingly required by funders and decision-makers.

Policy Domain: Cultural

Through engaging in cultural activity you might expect participants to experience any one of the following outcomes:

  1. Creativity to be stimulated
  2. Aesthetic enrichment to be experienced
  3. Knowledge, ideas and insight to be gained
  4. Diversity of cultural expression to be appreciated
  5. Sense of belonging to a shared cultural heritage to be deepened

We also know that other outcomes can occur as a result of engaging in cultural activities:

Policy Domain: Social

  1. Wellbeing (physical &/or mental) to be improved
  2. Sense of safety and security to be increased
  3. Social connectedness to be enhanced
  4. Social differences to be bridged
  5. Feeling valued to be experienced

Policy Domain: Economic

  1. Professional and/or practice capability to be increased
  2. Employment-enhancing skill development to be facilitated
  3. Individual economic wellbeing to be increased
  4. Local economy to be supported

Policy Domain: Environmental

  1. Positive sense of place (built and/or natural environment) to be enhanced
  2. Understanding of ecological issues to be increased
  3. Natural world to be valued
  4. Motivation for environmental stewardship to be increased

Policy Domain: Governance

  1. Access to beneficial networks and other resources to be increased
  2. Agency and voice to be enabled
  3. Sense of civic pride to be enhanced
  4. Positive future to be inspired

How were the measurable outcomes developed?

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Please site this schema as: Dunphy, K & Smithies, J (2018). Outcome schema for cultural engagement. Melbourne: Cultural Development Network.