This new publication contains 15 data collection tools developed by Success Measures to help community development or arts and culture practitioners collect primary data to evaluate the outcomes of creative community development work. Included in PDF format at no cost are survey and observation tools that evaluate social outcomes (like resident satisfaction) and physical changes (like condition and use of public spaces). Of particular note are the two new data collection tools that use creative methods – mapmaking and weaving – to collect and interpret information from residents. These two tools were piloted by three NeighborWorks network organizations in early 2021 with local residents during the pandemic; their input and experience has been integrated into this updated publication.
A complementary new publication released by Success Measures and Americans for the Arts highlights the high-level learning generated by their joint initiative gathering input from community development and arts practitioners as the Creative Community Development Evaluation Tools were being developed.