Evaluation of Theatre Projects for Social Change : When, How and Why?
2008 (English)Conference paper (Other academic)
Theatre for Social Change (TfSC) is built on the audience’s active participation. TfSC is based on intentionality and a belief that the theatre form is powerful – the explicit purpose of TfSC is to promote change. Theatre for Social Change projects often takes place outside the formal educational system. Projects based on external financial support often have to meet demands for evaluation, but is it possible to evaluate Drama and Theatre for Social Change in a way that is meaningful for those who are involved and increases the body of knowledge?
In this paper three projects of Theatre for Social Change in Sweden/EU, Serbia and Palestine are described, with focus on the evaluations. The examples are used to discuss the evaluator’s role(s) and position, when and how to evaluate, and the value of evaluations, primarily for project members and audiences but also for donors as well as for colleagues in the field of drama. As a result of the demands from external funders, substantial evaluation reports are written about drama/theatre projects around the world. Therefore it becomes important to develop and share ‘good practice’ in how to carry out credible evaluations that contribute to the development of drama and Theatre for Social Change.
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Research subject Education
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-89337OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-89337DiVA: diva2:617305
International Applied Drama Conference, 2-5 April 2008, Exeter University