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rethinkIMPACTS Reports

The reports were made by researchers and master students collaborating with rethinkIMPACTS 2017. The purpose was to continuously present different analysis of the process of being European Capital of Culture. Each report was based on a specific research interest and methodological approach. The recommendations made in the reports were made based on the findings of a specific research project carried out at a certain point in the process. We shared the findings with Aarhus 2017 which were continously developing their practice. The reports were thus contributing to the aim that rethinkIMPACTS 2017 was a formative, learning oriented evaluation. 

Number 20 - Language Encounters in Aarhus 2017

Ushma Chauhan Jacobsen, associate professor at the Department of English, Aarhus University has in cooperation with rethinkIMPACTS 2017 made a report that focusses on language encounters in the European Capital of Culture Aarhus 2017 and its overall theme ‘Let’s Rethink’. 

Report - Language Encounters in Aarhus 2017

Number 19 - Rethink Economic Impact

Professor Trine Bille Department of Management, Politics and Philosophy, CBS is an economist with an interest in arts and culture, making cultural economics and policy her main research areas. In this report she tries to qualify the understanding of what economic impact is and how we can measure it. This report presents her input to the understanding of economic impact and economic value. 

Report - Rethink Economic Impact

Number 18 - Citizen Volunteers as Place Brand Ambassadors?

Leila Trapp, associate professor at Aarhus University, Department of English, International Business Communication has in cooperation with rethinkIMPACTS 2017 evaluated the role of volunteers as ambassadors during Aarhus 2017. In particular, this study focuses on the volunteers who greeted cruise ship tourists and examines the volunteer program by asking how the volunteer role has been managed, carried out and understood from several perspectives. With reference to the Aarhus 2017 Secretariat’s intention to strengthen the city’s potential as a tourist destination, this study also focuses on the extent to which the volunteer role can be understood as involving place branding efforts.

Report - Citizen Volunteers as Place Brand Ambassadors?

Number 17 - Performance Management of Cultural Events

Jakob Liboriussen, PhD Student of Management Accounting at Aarhus University, Hanne Nørreklit, PhD, Professor of Management Accounting and Control at Aarhus University and Mihaela Trenca, PhD, Assistant Professor of Management Accounting at Aarhus University have in cooperation with rethinkIMPACTS 2017 investigated the Aarhus 2017 Foundation’s approach to the performance management of the financial aspects of the multiple projects that was participating in the European Capital of Culture Event.

Report - Performance Management of Cultural Events

Number 15 - Art and Culture in Urban Spaces during Aarhus 2017

Urban Goods and rethinkIMPACTS 2017 have cooperated on a report that evaluates some of the events that took place in the urban space during the European Capital of Culture 2017 in Aarhus. This report focuses on five different events: Kunsthallen og Lundø, Freedom Prison, Eutopia International Festival, Fællesskab og et liv I balance and Aarhus Walks on Water. The data was gathered during 2017.

Report - Art and Culture in Urban Spaces during Aarhus 2017 (in Danish)

Number 13 - The Democratic Potential of Art in the Public Domain

Nina Skriver, Master of Danish School of Education at Aarhus University, analyses the democratic potential of art in the public domain. The analysis focus on the work of art made by Nethan Coley called "THE SAME FOR EVERYONE", which is placed 10 different places in Central Region Denmark during Aarhus 2017 - European Capital of Culture. The data was gathered in spring 2017.

Report - The Democratic Potential of Art in the Public Domain

Number 12 - Evaluation of More Creative Events 2017

Morten Falbe-Hansen, stakeholder manager at rethinkIMPACTS 2017, and Mille Borup Truelsen, student assistant at rethinkIMPACTS 2017, have in cooperation with Louise Ejgod Hansen, project- and research manager at rethinkIMPACTS 2017, evaluated the outcome of the More Creative Events which were a part of the Aarhus 2017 European Capital of Culture program. These data were gathered during 2017.

Report - Evaluation of More Creative Events 2017

Abstract - Evaluation of More Creative Events 2017

Number 11 - European Capital of Culture for Children

Tanja Phaff Louring, Bachelor in Dramaturgy and Rhetoric and Communication, Master in Corporate Communication and certified as a lector at VIA University College, has in corporation with Louise Ejgod Hansen, Research Manager at rethinkIMPACTS 2017, evaluated specific projects for children that was a part of Aarhus, European Capital of Culture 2017. These data were gathered during 2017.

Report - European Capital of Culture for Children

Number 10 - How is a European dimension and identity constructed in the European Capitals of Culture?

Christian Nørkjær Therkelsen, Master of Arts in European Studies at Aarhus University, aims to analyse how a European identity and dimension are being contructed in terms of anchoring a meaningful perception in Europeanness in relation to local allegiances, found in particularly Mons (2015), Wroclaw (2016), San Sebastian (2016), Pafos (2017) and of course Aarhus 2017.

Report - How is a European dimension and identity constructed in the European Capitals of Culture?

Abstract - How is a European dimension and identity constructed in the European Capitals of Culture?

Number 9 - Citizen Participation through 'Interdisciplinary Experimentation'

Britta Timm Knudsen and Carsten Stage introduces two different environmental projects in their report involving participation and interdisciplinary research: Reclaiming Waste – a living experiment in Ry (2014-2015), and Permeable Green City Aarhus (2014–2016). This report is an example of rethinking the role of researchers in European Capitals of Culture. The data from Ry was gathered in autumn 2015 and the data from Lystrup was gathered between autumn 2014 and autumn 2016.

Report - Citizen Participation through 'Interdisciplinary Experimentation'

Abstract - Citizen Participation through 'Interdisciplinary Experimentation'

Number 8 - Measuring impact across social media

Anja Bechmann, Senior Lecturer at Aarhus University and Helle Breth Klausen aim to develop a new software supported method to analyze impacts of cultural events across social media. The software solution for data collection across social media platforms will be tested on Northside2014 and then evaluated through various big data analytical approaches. The data were gathered in spring 2014.

Report - Measuring Impact across Social Media

Abstract - Measuring impact across Social Media

Number 7 - Rethinking Participation in Aarhus 2017 - First Reflections

Leila Jancovich, Senior Lecturer at Leeds Beckett University, has during her stay as guest researcher conducted more than 20 interviews with participants and managers of Aarhus 2017 projects involved in paricipatory decision making covering the whole region. Read about her first reflections here. The data were gathered in May and June 2016.

Report - Rethinking Participation in Aarhus 2017 - First Reflections

Abstract - Rethinking Participation in Aarhus 2017 - First Reflections

Hvor er vi, og hvor skal vi hen?

rethinkIMPACTS 2017 samarbejdede i 2015 med Active Institute om udarbejdelse af en kortlægning afmetoder til effektmåling af events. Resultatet af kortlægningen præsenteres i denne rapport af cand.scient.soc. Sofie Bysted  

Rapport - Hvor er vi, og hvor skal vi hen?

Number 6 - Exploring Tourism Actors' Level of Involvement in Aarhus 2017

Lara Tilke (MA) explores different tourism stakeholders' level of involvement in Aarhus 2017 and the reasons behind this engagement or lack of engagement. Thus, the aim of Aarhus 2017 is also to increase the number of tourists in Aarhus. The data is based on interviews with actors of different tourism organisations. The data were gathered in spring 2015. 

Report - Exploring Tourism Actors' Level of Involvement in Aarhus 2017

Abstract - Exploring Tourism Actors' Level of Involvement in Aarhus 2017

Number 5 - Valuable Knowledge-sharing in a Cross-Municipal Project Collaboration

Buster Kudsk Urban Rasmussen (MA) proposes recommendations for how the regional steering committee can optimize the content of their meetings. These recommendations are based on observations and interviews and focus on the experiences of the different parties and knowledge-sharing. The data were gathered in spring 2015. 

Report - Valuable Knowledge-Sharing in a Cross-Municipal Project Collaboration

Abstract - Valuable Knowledge-Sharing in a Cross-Municipal Project Collaboration

Number 4 - A Study of the CO-Brand Aarhus 2017

Christina Kruse Møller (MSc) and Laura Bender Thomsen (MSc) studies the linkage between the image of Aarhus and Aarhus 2017. The goal is to find out how the branding of Aarhus can benefit from the branding of Aarhus 2017 and proposes recommendations that will strengthen this linkage. The data were gathering in spring 2014. 

Report - A Study of the CO-Brand Aarhus 2017

Abstract - A Study of the CO-Brand Aarhus 2017

What's involved in 'evaluating' the lived experience of large-scale events like Aarhus 2017?

This report is based on a PhD course in summer 2015 that posed the question of how visual, aural, digital and globally networked complexities challenge the traditional way of analyzing social situations.

Report - What's involved in 'evaluating' the lived experience of large-scaled events like Aarhus 2017?

Number 3 - Cultural participation. New experiences and expectations

Birgit Eriksson (PhD, Associate Professor) and Jan Løhmann (PhD, Post doc.) seeks to examine the micro projectsThe playing society and the pilot project Cultural citizenship.
The report provides the reader with an insight into how young people experience and practice participation in society. Furthermore, it investigates what role culture plays in their participation. The data in the project were gathered in spring and summer 2014.

Report - Cultural participation. New experiences and expectations

Abstract - Cultural participation. New experiences and expectations

Number 2 - 'RETHINK' as motivation? 2017 from the cultural organizations' perspective

Marie Stensgaard Pedersen (MA) examines Danish cultural organizations’ motivation for being a part of Aarhus 2017 and how these organizations relate to the strategic objectives of Aarhus 2017. To ensure generalizability of this analysis, past experiences from former European Capitals of Culture (ECoC) are put into perspective to demonstrate a number of general overlaps within the ECoC programme. The data in the project were gathering in spring 2014. 

Report - ‘RETHINK’ as motivation? 2017 from the cultural organizations' perspective

Abstract - ‘RETHINK’ as motivation? 2017 from the cultural organizations' perspective

Number 1 - Audience as institutional development

Ingrid Vatne (PhD) examines three cultural institutions, which have applied for funding from Fonden 2017. It focuses on the way in which they work strategically with audience development and the challenges related to implementing new working methods. The data in the project were gathering  in spring 2014.

Report - Audience as institutional development

Abstract - Audience as institutional development