How Culture Works

"DOES EVERYTHING ALWAYS HAVE TO BE ASSESSED?" No. But when cultural work is financed with public funds, there is a necessity to evaluate.

How Culture Works

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The project “Shared Cities: Creative Momentum” (SCCM) addressed the challenges facing post-socialist cities in Europe using the concept of sharing. SCCM was co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union. It involved eleven partners from six countries and ran from 2016 to 2020.

The process-based evaluation of SCCM provided facilitation and informed decision- making (formative evaluation). Based on the “Culture Works” concept and model (Goethe-Institut 2016), it enabled a comprehensive analysis of the initial assumptions, the implementation process, and the results.

Evaluation brochures free to download

How Culture Works – Shared Cities: Creative Momentum, 2020

Culture Works, Goethe-Institut, 2016

Shared Cities Economic Impact Infographics, 2020


Presentation from the event “Shared Cities Ideas Yard: Evaluation of Culture”

Evaluation of Culture – Qualitative Approach

Heading text taken from “Culture Works. Using Evaluation to Shape Sustainable Foreign Relations.” 2016, Goethe-Institut e.V. Headquarters. Description text taken from “How Culture Works. Shared Cities: Creative Momentum. Creative Urban Development in Central Eastern Europe.” 2020, Goethe-Institut e.V. Česká republika.

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