A Compass for the New World

How Research Can Help Funders, Practitioners & Policymakers

Organized by Ann Stone, Ph.D., evaluation officer, The Wallace Foundation; presented by Ann Stone; Alan Brown, principal, Alan S. Brown & Associates LLC; Randy Cohen, vice president, Research and Information, Americans for the Arts; and Ann McQueen, program officer, Boston Foundation.

The recent National Performing Arts Convention demonstrated there is a growing appetite for research that will help arts practitioners and policymakers clarify problems, understand issues, and implement solutions more effectively. This session was designed to help foundations become more agile in pursuing research to accomplish a variety of objectives. A panel of experienced funders and researchers discussed a range of research projects that were commissioned for a variety of purposes. The panelists highlighted what they intended each research project to contribute, how the findings were ultimately used, and in what ways the research did or did not fulfill expectations.


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