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Fuzzy concepts, proxy data: Why indicators won't track creative placemaking success

Ann Markusen grapples with the question of how to best evaluate arts-based programs.

So I embrace the project of evaluation, but am skeptical of relying on indicators for this purpose. In pursuing a more effective course, we can learn a lot from private sector venture capital practices, the ways that foundations conduct grantee evaluations, and, for political pitfalls, defense conversion placemaking experiments of the 1990s.

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November 9, 2012

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