The department commissioned this work to better understand and measure the public value created through government investments in arts and culture, and in the department’s role as a development agency for the sector.
The aims of the work were:
To meet these aims, the project team has:
As a consequence of this approach, the proposed measurement framework has two important users. Firstly, the department, as it harnesses the measurement framework to its investment and evaluation activities. Secondly, the broader arts and cultural sector as it plan its efforts to measure the value it contributes. In producing the framework, the project team has been challenging the department to bring clarity to its intentions and ambitions as an investor with the expectation that the measurement framework will provoke similar challenges to the broader arts and cultural sector in Australia and elsewhere.
This short paper presents the Public Value Measurement Framework (PVMF) model generated by the work, and practical reflections about how to model questions of public and cultural value from the perspective of an active public funder.
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