5th ENCATC Working Group on Evaluation

Potsdam, Germany

Evaluation of International and European Transnational Cultural Projects

About this meeting

At this occasion, the selected topic for discussion is "Evaluation issues and practices of Network projects and practices: from satisfaction survey to exploration of networking process". Networks want to know more about the efficiency of their programmes. They can exchange about the evaluation process they already used. Very often they have tried to measure satisfaction when they first need to understand needs and explore other fields of networking spill-overs. 

This edition of the ENCATC Working Group meeting is organised as part of the European Cultural Heritage Summit 2018 taking place in Berlin from 18-24 June. This Summit, with the motto “Sharing Heritage – Sharing Values”, will be co-hosted by Europa Nostra, the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation (SPK) and the German Cultural Heritage Committee (DNK), acting as national coordinator of the EYCH in Germany. The meeting will be hosted by ENCATC member, Fachhochschule Potsdam

The scientific curators of this event are: Ana Gaio, ENCATC Vice President and Senior Lecturer and Programme Director, MA Culture, Policy & Management at City, University of London (United Kingdom) and Pascale Bonniel Chalier, Working Group Chair and founder of  La Terre est Ronde, a Cultural Engineering agency (France).

While it is not required, participants are strongly encouraged to attend the the final meeting organised in 2018:

  • 6th ENCATC Working Group Meeting with a focus on "The impact of Festivals and cultural events: knowing, measuring and structuring the public dialogue", 13 November in Antwerp, Belgium


The ENCATC Working Group was created to share evaluation experiences of transnational cultural projects and networks subsidized by EU and improve methodologies as well as to identify rigorous indicators for successful cooperation and share them with EU and international organisations.

Evaluation has become a more and more crucial matter for public authorities and professionals in cultural field. Several ENCATC members are involved in the evaluation of European projects subsidized by Creative Europe, Erasmus+, Horizon 2020 or other transnational programmes of European Commission. They have to develop methodologies to help arts and cultural managers to implement the evaluation process. At the same time, several European networks are looking for best practices on evaluation and monitoring. Upon several occasions they have expressed the need to create a space for exchange and mutual learning. The European Commission is also working on finalising its own evaluation policy for the Creative Europe programme. The feedback from the beneficiaries and cultural experts is very important for the finalisation and validation the EC’s work. All of these factors are contributing reasons for the need of a working group on the evaluation of international and European transnational projects.

On 25 October 2016 in Brussels, ENCATC held the kick-off meeting for its Working Group “Evaluation of International and European Transnational Cultural Projects”. Participants included representatives from the European Commission, national institutions, universities, European networks, cultural institutions, and consultancies from seven countries. The Working Group is led by its chair, Pascale Bonniel Chalier, a member of ENCATC from the University Lyon II in France. 

In 2017, ENCATC organised two more meetings: 

In 2018, ENCATC has organised a meeting on: