How to Evaluate Creative Placemaking: Steps for Determining Program Impact

Example of a creative placemaking event. Courtesy of Kansas State University. One of the biggest challenges when implementing cultural programs is the ability to measure impact. Programs are evaluated in order to determine the efficiency of their processes and the efficacy and effects of their outcomes on communities or social parameters. Without question, however, it is a complicated endeavor to tease out the long-term, unintended, and indirect impacts of these programmatic outcomes. The recent identifiable trend for cultural policy practitioners has been the increase of creative placemaking projects, which seek to affect positive changes on communities and neighborhoods through culture-rel

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