06-07 Value Beyond Measure: Assessing and Communicating the Impact of Programs and Community-engaged Work

Friday, November 03, 2:30 pm–4:30 pm
Council Suite

This live event will not be recorded.

Sponsored by the Archives and Libraries Section, the Folklore and Education Section

Chair: Suzanne Godby Ingalsbe ()

Forum participants:

Amy Kitchener (Alliance for California Traditional Arts)

Selina Morales (Interdependent Folklorist)

Elizabeth Peterson (American Folklife Center, emerita)

Cheryl T. Schiele (National Endowment for the Arts)

Emily West Hartlerode (Oregon Folklife Network)

Granting organizations, governing bodies, governmental agencies, and other stakeholders require data to assess program efficacy, and that reporting helps to guide resource allocation and future engagement. Such judgements are often based on countable outcomes like number of programs produced, community members engaged, external grants secured, new partnerships established, or other quantifiable metrics. But as folklorists, we frequently do work with benefits that are intangible, non-monetizable, and long-term – and not easy to count. How do we translate the fruits of our labors into meaningful numbers? Come brainstorm with us in this conversation-based forum.