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New Thinking on Assessing Impact and Value through Creative Practice Webinar

Course description

This webinar led by Dr Patrycja Kaszynska, Senior Research Fellow at the UAL Social Design Institute, will give professionals new insights and perspectives on the challenges of evaluating the change generated by design and art interventions, as well as outlining key principles for carrying out a context-sensitive evaluation. The webinar draws upon Dr Kaszynska’s work on cultural value (AHRC Cultural Value Project) and builds on the Social Design Institute’s activities to evaluate change in places and communities resulting from the arts and design activity.

Who should attend this session?

This webinar is aimed at professionals in business, community, and public sector organisations; funders; design and creative professionals as well as support staff working in the sector.


After this session you will:

  • Explore what to consider when facing the task of evaluating design and art interventions
  • Gain an understanding of key concepts in valuation and evaluation and how the value of arts and culture is shaped and defined
  • Have an introduction to the topic of place-based evaluation
  • Be encouraged to think of how to apply new theoretical frames in evaluation
  • Gain a fresh perspective on the significance of design and art practices

Each webinar will feature:

  • Expert knowledge from industry professionals
  • Opportunities to meet other like-minded creatives
  • A chance to join the conversation with a live Q&A
  • Our webinar sessions are aimed for anyone looking to upskill and develop their professional practices. Participants will receive a certificate upon completion

We have other webinar sessions coming up soon. See our full webinars list.

Available dates

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Topics to be covered:

  • Distinguishing between change, impact and value
  • Key concepts and considerations in valuation and evaluation of arts and design practices (including, ‘cultural value’, ‘reflective practitioner’, ‘wellbeing’)
  • Expert overview on how the value of arts and culture is shaped and defined (including by policy)
  • Advantages and disadvantages of place-based approaches to evaluation
  • Theoretical frameworks and methods used  assess impact and value


To take part in this webinar session you will need:

  • An up-to-date web browser (we recommend Chrome)
  • Microphone and headphones (a headset with a microphone function is recommended. The built-in microphone in your device would also be fine)
  • Webcam
  • Strong Internet connection - we recommend a minimum of 2 Mbps download, and 1 Mbps upload, faster if possible. You can test your network speed here -

We recommend you have:

  • A notebook
  • A pen
Meet the Tutor:

This two-hour webinar from the Social Design Institute is an introduction to the key concepts in evaluating the change generated by art and design interventions.

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