ARBB 1042 - Evaluation Skills for Arts Leaders

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How do you measure success? What is the difference between a good leader and an ineffective one? Which management and leadership practices translate into winning strategies and accomplishments and which lead to failure? How can we identify successful practices so that we can repeat them to ensure success in the future?

The key to answering the above questions is “evaluation.” In order to evaluate leadership and management practices, we need methods for identifying criteria and measuring the extent to which they are met. Vague concepts like “best practices,” a term often used in the arts management world, do little to help us understand why they are best unless we have secure methods for measuring their value.

In this course, you will encounter methods for measuring success and identifying the source of failure. You will have the opportunity to test your knowledge and come to a better understanding of the many ways to evaluate success, as well as the many uses for evaluation methods.

Through this course, you will be able to:

• Articulate how and why evaluation takes place.
• Identify useful methods for evaluation.
• Identify the merits of particular evaluation methods in comparison to others.
• Learn key terms associated with evaluation in the arts.

Noncredit courses do not produce academic credit nor appear on a Colorado State University academic transcript.

Textbook and Materials

Required texbook - Brindle, M & DeVereaux, C (2011). The Arts Management Handbook: New Directions for Students and Practitioners. Abingdon: Routledge. ISBN-13: 978-0765617422.

Required texbook - Bolden, R., Gosling, J., Hawkins, B., & Taylor, S. (2011). Exploring leadership: individual, organizational, and social perspectives (1st ed.). Oxford: Oxford University Press.


Constance DeVereaux

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In addition to managing arts organizations, Constance DeVereaux has worked as an arts management consultant, arts advocate, and researcher. She brings both applied and philosophical dimensions to the program, and is an international expert in arts and cultural policy. She served as a Fulbright Senior Specialist in both policy and management at universities in Finland, South Africa, and Romania. DeVereaux created the arts management master's program at Claremont Graduate University and the arts management minor at Northern Arizona University, and is the former director of the arts administration program at Shenandoah University. She also lectures internationally on arts management and policy topics and is a frequent presenter at international conferences. Her research interests include cultural citizenship and the arts, culturally sustainable entrepreneurship, arts management practices, and everyday aesthetics. In addition to her academic pursuits, DeVereaux is an award-winning feature reporter for public radio.