1.1.5 Evaluations, monitoring

There exists no real tradition in Austria to produce empirically based evidence as to the effects of cultural education [kulturvermittlung]. Nowadays there are more and more intentions to start research, but there is a lack of realisation and financial support. Recently some empirically based evidence is in production. A few pilot programmes have been evaluated as well as associations and institutions working in the field of cultural education.EDUCULT, Austrian centre of expertise for research in arts and cultural education, has carried out a number of research and evaluation projects. EDUCULT is located in Vienna and was funded in 2003 EDUCULT - Institute for Cultural Policy and ManagementDiversity and Cooperation [Vielfalt und Kooperation] (2007)In 2007 the Austrian Federal Ministry for Education, Arts and Culture [ Bundesministerium fur Unterricht, Kunst und Kultur] commissioned EDUCULT to carry out qualitative research on the situation of cultural education in Austria. The intention of this project was to highlight basic aspects such as definitions of cultural education, characteristics of quality and value, the specific motivation and qualification of those working in the field - teachers, educators and artists -, plus questions of resources and funding and examples of good practice. The minister's intent with this project was not only to arouse public interest in cultural education, but also to create a comprehensive - and intelligible - compendium of existing praxis in the field, followed by the identification of areas open to improvement and finding strategies on how to tackle these.The report made evident the need for structural improvement. A first step towards interrelating the ministerial departments - education, arts and culture and their sub departments - was made by positioning the coordination of cultural education at the ministerial office (EDUCULT, 2007).Additionally, some evaluations of specific programmes can be found.Evaluation of national arts education programmesp[ART], the national programme to foster sustainable cooperation between schools and cultural institutions, supported by KulturKontakt Austria [KulturKontakt Austria] , has been evaluated. The evaluation focused on the effects of the partnership on the students involved (KulturKontakt Austria, 2010).Macht|schule|theater, a national theater programme which aims at collaboration between schools and theatres supported by the Federal Ministry for Education, Arts and Culture, was evaluated by EDUCULT in 2010. The evaluation focused on the process and structure of the collaboration between the institutions involved.Macht|schule|theater