Good assessment of the achievements of culture-based projects helps to establish their credibility and ensure future support. It is important that all sides involved in developing culture-based projects encourage them to put in place effective systems for assessing progress and identifying results and impacts.
Some projects arrange for independent assessment right from the start, and all projects will be required to have proper financial management.
However it is also relatively easy to put in place additional simple arrangements for monitoring progress. These might involve :
- Recording initial levels of employment in the organisations involved and identifying subsequent jobs generated.
- Recording the number of businesses created in the course of the project.
- If possible, recording indicators of business success, such as increases in turnover.
- Identifying indications of continuing viability of projects and spin-off effects
- Identifying skills and competencies developed, especially if accompanied by the acquisition of formal qualifications.
Information of this kind is much easier to collect if provisions are made at the beginning of the project.