As you get started, use national work and research to give your creating quality process focus and validity. Below are links to some of the resources we considered. Also, ask your community members what national work they believe is important.

In Dallas, the school district felt it was critical that its work be grounded in the Principles of Learning created by the Institute for Learning. The cultural community wanted to ensure that the National Standards for Arts Education were also considered, and the funding community wanted to ensure that we considered quality based on a Framework for 21st Century Learning.
These videos describe the variety of resources you can use both in your community and nationally to inform your discussion of quality.

Tools & Resources

Building Creative Capital
This report suggests that a focus on building creative capital is a powerful way to think about planning for, executing, and measuring the impact of the arts and culture.

The Values Study: Rediscovering the Meaning and Value of Arts Participation
The Values Study develops a new framework for understanding arts participation and provides extensive guidelines for arts groups that may wish to conduct qualitative research on their audiences and visitors.

Stanford Social Innovation Review: Collective Impact
This report outlines that large-scale social change require broad cross-sector coordination, yet the social sector remains focused on the isolated intervention of individual organizations. See examples of what works and learn the five conditions of successful collective impact.

The Qualities of Quality: Understanding Excellence in Arts Education
This report investigated how arts educators define high quality learning and teaching, what indicators of excellence educators look for in arts activities, and how a program’s foundational and day-to-day decisions affect the pursuit and achievement of quality.

The Contours of Inclusion: Frameworks and Tools for Evaluating Arts in Education
This report includes “Freedom Machines,” which outlines a bold approach to evaluation of arts and cultural learning programs.

“Each community has to think about what it wants and what will serve it best. One thing we’ve done in Boston was to look to the huge set of resources already established here by other groups. We looked at how different organizations defined quality. ”

Dennie Palmer-Wolf

Dennie Palmer-Wolf

Wolf Brown