What is it about?
The research project reported in this paper set out to advance the knowledge base of socio‐cultural festival evaluation and, through industry and academic liaison, produce a robust, comprehensive set of indicators. The purpose of this paper is threefold: first, to offer a summary of the synthesis of literature relating to methodologies for evaluating the socio‐cultural effects of festivals; second, to identify the emerging themes resulting from the existing literature; and third, as part of an evaluation of stakeholder perception, to present a comparative rating of a UK‐wide cross‐section of festival leaders (n = 60) of core impacts and their significance. The methods adopted were based on a comprehensive review of secondary literature in relation to the evaluation of socio‐cultural impacts of festivals, followed by telephone interviews with a sample of UK festival directors.
Why is it important?
Advances the knowledge base of socio‐cultural festival evaluation and, through industry and academic liaison, may aid production of a robust and comprehensive set of indicators.
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This page is a summary of: Progressing socio‐cultural impact evaluation for festivals, Journal of Policy Research in Tourism Leisure and Events, July 2009, Taylor & Francis,
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