Evaluation of cultural processes and institutions


In 1997, sociologist and writer Francois Matarasso, based in England, presented a much-noticed study: "Use or Ornament? The Social Impact of the Participation in the Arts". As a result of the study, he proposed a list of 50 indicators to prove the social and societal effects of art. The research outcome has been cited frequently since then. In the Anglo-American-speaking world, countless evaluations of art and cultural projects have been carried out on their social and/or economic effects. In Germany, this development is now taking place with a time lag. Not everything can be evaluated and measured. However, if culture is financed with public funds, evaluations are required under certain criteria.

The evaluation approach of CULTURE CONCEPTS is based on both theoretical knowledge and many years of experience in the field of cultural institutions, programs and processes in the public, non-profit and private sectors. If possible, it combines evaluations with strategic consulting and learning processes.


Link to the lecture text by Cornelia Dümcke
"Evaluation in the cultural sector between politics, economy and culture”
Annual Meeting of DeGEval, Society for Evaluation from 10 to 12 October 2007 in Dresden


Selection of evaluation projects

Dr. Cornelia Dümcke (2018)

Pilot Study International Cultural Policy of the Dutch Government in Germany. Development of an indicator based monitoring and evaluation system.

Pilot Study on Behalf of the Dutch Embassy in in Berlin and the Dutch Ministry of Culture and the Dutch Ministry of international Affairs


Dr. Cornelia Dümcke, Veronika Ratzenboeck (2014):

Allianzen & Symbiosen. 10 Jahre departure und die Kreativwirtschaft in Wien

Im Auftrag der Wirtschaftsförderung Wien. In Kooperation mit kulturdokumentation – archiv für internationale kulturanalysen. Wien. Oktober 2014


Dr. Cornelia Dümcke (2015)

DANCEFONDS HERITAGE – Fonds for artistic projects in teh dance scene – an Initiative of the Federal Kultural Foundation(KSB)

External Evaluation, Study published in German and English


Dr. Cornelia Dümcke, Gabriele Naumann-Maerten (2015)

Externe Evaluation der durch das Land Sachsen-Anhalt institutionell geförderten Vereine und Verbände im Kulturbereich

Im Auftrag des Kultusministeriums des Landes Sachsen-Anhalt.
Projektleitung: Dr. Cornelia Dümcke


Dr. Cornelia Dümcke (2012)

Landesinitiative Sachsen-Anhalt und das 18.Jahrhundert

Evaluation und Strategieentwicklung des Museumsnetzwerkes LSA 18.
Im Auftrag des Museumsverbandes des Landes Sachsen-Anhalt e.V. sowie des Kultusministeriums Sachsen-Anhalt.


Dr. Cornelia Dümcke (2009)

Evaluation Artlink – Büro für Kulturkooperation in der Schweiz

Evaluation und strategische Beratung im Rahmen der Neuorientierung der Kulturstrategie der Schweizer Direktion für Entwicklung und Zusammenarbeit (DEZA).