There are many new territories to explore: new venues, new audiences, new forms of musical interaction, and a new and prominent role for music as a force in civic life. Sorting the successful from the merely new requires candid and ongoing internal and external evaluation conducted by program staff, partner venues, artists, and outside evaluators. Carnegie Hall has worked closely with WolfBrown Associates since the start of our Musical Connections program in 2009.
Assessments designed and carried out by your own staff moves a program forward, increases its ability to meet the needs of those served, and informs the program's future. It is particularly vital during the formative pilot year, when tremendous growth and learning occur and the need to build support for the program is greatest.
Bringing in others to help answer questions can provide the kind of bottom-line information that matters to those outside the program team: senior management, development departments, donors and funders, government agencies, and other organizations engaged or interested in undertaking the work. External evaluation can also be formative, providing critical insights into a new program and contributing significantly to program design. For this kind of evaluation, one needs to develop strategies for compiling and communicating the program’s scope and impact, including::
Lead support is provided by the Brooke Astor One-Year Fund for New York City Education.
Major funding for Musical Connections is provided by MetLife Foundation and the Heineman Foundation for Research, Education, Charitable, and Scientific Purposes.
Additional support has been provided by Ameriprise Financial.
Public support for Musical Connections is provided by the New York City Departments of Homeless Services and Probation, and by the New York City Council.
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