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Evaluating Cultural Legacy – From Policy to Engaged Research

Neiva Ganga, R (2022) Evaluating Cultural Legacy – From Policy to Engaged Research. In: Wise, N and Maguire, K, (eds.) A Research Agenda for Event Impacts. Edward Elger, pp. 229-247. ISBN 978 1 83910 924 9

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Independently of the scale, cultural events have proliferated across the globe as instruments of economic conversion with a significant impact on cultural policies. The debate on capturing the value of cultural events has fuelled dichotomous positions that trumpet narrative of success or question the event impact and public spending. This chapter discusses events evaluation as a social phenomenon embedded within particular contexts. It contributes to the field by drawing on the author’s prior and ongoing experience as a sociologist of evaluation for Impact 18 (an evaluation of the 2008 Liverpool European Capital of Culture ten year on) and the Liverpool Boroughs of Culture. This chapter reframed events impact evaluation as a social phenomenon embedded within particular contexts. By drawing on real-world practice of reflexive and collaborative evaluation that recognises cultural policy in interaction with other policy spheres, it offers possible strategies to navigate pragmatic cultural events evaluation and advance the debate beyond the prevailing issues on evidencing cultural value.

Item Type: Book Section
Additional Information: This is a draft chapter/article. The final version is available in A Research Agenda for Event Impacts edited by N.Wise & K.Maguire, published in 2022, Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd https://doi.org/10.4337/9781839109256.00027
Uncontrolled Keywords: Cultural Value; Evaluation; Public Sociology; Cultural events; Cultural Policy; Legacy
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
L Education > L Education (General)
Divisions: Nursing & Allied Health
Publisher: Edward Elger
Date Deposited: 08 Jul 2021 08:33
Last Modified: 11 Jul 2022 00:50
Editors: Wise, N and Maguire, K
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/15094
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