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The Role of Data and Evaluation in the Cultural and Third Sector

10 Mar 2016, 1.00PM–5.00PM
3S15, Colin Bell Building, University of Stirling
Dr Vikki McCall, Dr Alasdair Rutherford, Dr Eric Jensen and Dr Orian Brook
The Role of Data and Evaluation in the Cultural and Third Sector

This workshop explores the current ways of thinking about evaluation practices and evidence in the cultural and third sectors and the kinds of data required for practitioners, policymakers and wider stakeholders. The quality of existing evaluation data and what kinds of evaluation data they need to develop. New evaluation options and strategies will be identified. This workshop addresses the following questions:

  • The workshop asks significant questions for the cultural and third sectors including: what is the role of evaluation today?
  • How is evaluation addressed within policy and practice?

How can evaluation be improved to better inform practice and policy?

Dr Vikki McCall (Lecturer in Social Policy and Housing, University of Stirling) has carried out extensive research on the role of different agents the policy process and bridging the gap between policy and practice. Vikki has a broad portfolio of teaching and research and has published work around social policy, social inclusion, museums, policy makers' perceptions of culture and cultural data.

Dr Alasdair Rutherford (Economic and Social Research Council, Civil Society Programme) is a senior lecturer in social statistics at the University of Stirling and is also currently Principal Investigator of the ESRC-funded Scottish Civil Society Data Partnership project.

Dr Eric Jensen (Associate Professor, Sociology Dept, University of Warwick) is a leading social scientist specializing in innovative methods of conducting impact evaluation research. He holds a PhD in Sociology from the University of Cambridge and has led many groundbreaking projects on new social research technologies.

Dr. Orian Brook is a Research Fellow at the University of Stirling, helping people working in the third sector to improve their skills in research and data analysis, and aiming to improve our knowledge about the sector.

RSVP: Please book your place if you wish to attend this event. This event is free of charge to students and staff members at the University of Stirling. In the booking form, please use your university account as your primary email address, and write 'University of Stirling' as your affiliation.

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