rethinkIMPACTS 2017 contributes to Aarhus 2017's vision of rethinking by developing new methods and indicators for the evaluation of large-scale cultural events and the impact and value of culture. 

A wide range of questions related to Aarhus 2017 can be addressed, and the ambition is that rethinkIMPACTS 2017 creates knowledge in collaboration with external partners. It is thus important that rethinkIMPACTS 2017 engage with a range of partners.

The partnerships will help to define the needs for knowledge: What do we need to learn more about? How do we measure and evaluate it?

Current partners

Kantar Gallup­

Kantar Gallup engages in a partnership agreement with rethinkIMPACTS 2017. Kantar Gallup will be responsible for data gathering as well as participating in the development of the population surveys

For rethinkIMPACTS 2017 the partnership with Kantar Gallup means that we are guaranteed data of a high quality.

In addition, the partnership with Kantar Gallup includes the development of the parts of the evaluation concerning audience research and media analysis. Regarding both, Kantar Gallup has extensive experience and will thus contribute to the development of the evaluation of Aarhus 2017.

It is of great value that the partnership means that researchers and analysts will cooperate about the development of new research designs and evaluation methods.

Pluss Leadership

Pluss Leadership contributes to the evaluation of Aarhus 2017 in examining the organisational effects of the project of Capital of Culture. 

One particular aspect of 2017 is the collaboration between the municipalities which was established already during the application procedure. Thus, this collaboration is what comes into focus in the evaluation-process that has just been initiated.

rethinkIMPACTS 2017 and Pluss leadership will conduct the evaluation in close collaboration with Anne Mette Kjeldsen and Martin Bæksgaard from the Department of Political Science.

Subresults based on the first qualitative data gathering in winter and spring 2016 was presented to the regional steering group of Aarhus 2017 in August 2016 with the purpose of feeding into the process of planning the legacy of Aarhus 2017. The presentation can be seen here.

Urban Goods

rethinkIMPACTS 2017 cooperates with Urban Goods about the design of the evaluation of the ways in which Aarhus 2017 uses culture to create open and vibrant urban spaces. Linked to the theme of liveability, a variety of 2017 projects focus on urban and rural development processes, often based on a participatory approach.

Urban Goods is specialized in citizen engaging processes and participatory approaches to urban development and it is based on this expertise that they contribute to the development of the evaluation of the ways in which Aarhus 2017 contributes to urban development processes in the Central Denmark Region.

As a part of the development of the evaluation design, Cecilie Eriksen (MA in Anthropology) is conducting a mapping and systematization of the relevant projects and events.