TPL World Bridge
Evaluation and Dissemination
TPL World Bridge will devote substantial resources to evaluation, in order to ascertain how well any or all of the desired outcomes have been achieved. ...

Goals
The overall goals of the research will be to document and review the methods and outcomes that emerge during project activities undertaken as part of TPL World Bridge and to report on the findings and make recommendations to guide future efforts.

Research Design and Methodology The evaluation’s emphasis will be two-fold. First, using an observation process that draws on multiple data sources, the evaluators will collect, analyze and synthesize information. Second, the evaluators will work with the TPL partner organizations and individual participants to create an accurate and useful portrait of the methods and outcomes of the project. The report will include facts & figures (quantitative and qualitative information systematically gathered), impressions (often hidden opinions, biases, concerns, etc.), stories (anecdotes, testimonials, myths that offer depth, perspective and meaning), images (that expand upon and illustrate the research data).

Evaluation Plans (questions)
The threshold questions being addressed by this inquiry are: ASSUMPTIONS What were the various definitions of success held by Partners, collaborators and participants going into the project? Did these success definitions change? If so, how? COLLABORATIONS What were the tangible outcomes of the collaborations? What critical methods/strategies did collaborators use during the project? PROCESS Did network and studio technology help or hinder implementation of project goals? How? In what ways did the TPL arts-based performance coaching model advance or limit the project goals? IMPACT What impact did collaborators have on each other during the course of their work? On community participants? What short and long-term impact did the project have on TPL, Partners and their constituencies and respective fields?

 

Evaluation Plans
(data collection and analysis)

Evaluators will review and compare the information gathered and summarized from the multiple sources and methodologies described in 7 Evaluation Phases deployed over two years. Narrative and other qualitative responses will be compared to quantitative and documentary data to check for consistency of findings across sources. The data will then be used to address the threshold questions articulated in this Narrative and ascertain which of the project’s desired outcomes have been achieved. Evaluators will also use the data to compare and contrast the project experience from a number of different perspectives. An important part of the analysis will focus on learning how partnerships of this kind can be designed and supported in ways to maximize the potential for effective collaboration and creativity.

Implementation of Findings
The last two months of the project (Months 23 and 24) will be devoted to preparation of a final report on cumulative findings. This report will take care to distinguish between conclusions, findings and recommendations that are project-specific and those that might be applied to broader questions about creative collaborations between the arts and community-based constituencies.

Dissemination
Evaluators’ findings will be published on the project website. TPL World Bridge will also distribute an abridged print version of the main points of the Cumulative Report to key members of the arts and arts education communities. These include state agencies for Educational Standards; the membership of national arts service organizations (Theatre Communications Group, DanceUSA). Key technology research organizations will also be targeted, including the Internet2 membership. TPL World Bridge collaborators abroad will receive materials for distribution to their constituencies. Each PARTNER will be asked to present at industry conferences (Supercomputing Conference 2004, 2005) and national symposia of arts (DanceUSA) and media organizations (PBS Annual Meeting). Opportunities for media presentations will be explored (J. Paul Getty Museum).