rethinkIMPACTS 2017

rethinkIMPACTS 2017

Find more information about rethinkIMPACTS on their website. 

The evaluation of rethinkIMPACTS 2017 will be conducted by rethinkIMPACTS 2017; a partnership between Aarhus 2017 and Aarhus University. The aim is to create a research-based evaluation of Aarhus 2017 and will be processed during 2013-2018. The project is managed by a steering committee represented by Aarhus University, Aarhus 2017, the Municipality of Aarhus and the Central Denmark Region.

Aim and Ambitions
The evaluation takes its starting point in the strategic values of Aarhus 2017. The evaluation will examine the cultural effects, image – and identity effects as well as economic, social and organisational effects. rethinkIMPACTS 2017 will critically reflect on the goals of Aarhus 2017 and deal with complex questions concerning causes and effects. In relation to this, rethinkIMPACTS 2017 will take its outset in existing research conducted on former ECoC-cities and in more general terms on culturally driven processes of development. Thus, this research-based approach in the evaluation complements Aarhus 2017’s monitoring that otherwise purely focuses on descriptive data on activities and outcomes.

rethinkIMPACTS 2017 commits to the challenge of rethinking and is in this respect actively rethinking the process of evaluation as well as the goals of evaluation. The aim is an evaluation that focuses on learning and development. Aarhus and the Central Region of Denmark will not have the pleasure of becoming European Capital of Culture again, which is why a formative assessment focusing on the process as well as the learning outcomes will complement a final reporting. In addition to this, the project has set the ambition of developing new indicators and methods. These will help to shed light on the many effects and outcomes of Aarhus 2017. 

A wide-reaching collaboration
In order to make a broad and in-depth evaluation, rethinkIMPACTS 2017 motivates and facilitates the research environments in doing independent research. The establishment of partnerships of different departments at Arhus University engages other universities and researchers in Denmark and abroad in taking part in the project.

Students of many different studies are contributing to the project as well either when writing their Master thesis or as a part of a course.

Apart from researchers, rethinkIMPACTS 2017 has committed itself to collaborations with research agencies. TNS Gallup will be responsible for data collection when conducting regional and national population surveys. Additionally, TNS Gallup will take part in the development of parts of the evaluation.

A menu of rethinkIMPACTS 2017’s research reports can be found on their website.