Program assessment, planning, and evaluation
8 Bridges conducted an organizational assessment, which included interviews of local stakeholders, local and national field scans, program inventories, SCOPE analysis, audience mapping, and strategy screens. Resulting reports identified service gaps and opportunities, leading to the creation of a rubric for future evaluation, planning, and goal setting.
8 Bridges Workshop collaborated with 59 Productions, a London- and NYC-based creative production company, to explore the options and potential for creating a mobile stage for the orchestra’s community performances.
8 Bridges is helping to plan and launch Springboard’s first-ever capital campaign to create SpringBOX, a dynamic new campus located at 262 University Avenue West in Saint Paul. Reinventing the site of a former used car dealership, SpringBOX will provide a front yard for the neighborhood while supporting Springboard’s economic and community development mission that empowers and connects artists and communities.
8 Bridges worked with the McKnight Foundation’s communications staff and program directors team to understand how program areas approach media and strategic communications and to identify and propose a learning agenda for the team, in part based on similar work among comparable place-based foundations in the U.S.
We created an Instrument Drive Guide for civic organizations interested in developing musical instrument drives in their local communities based on lessons learned from WQXR’s ambitious drive in New York City.
In 2016, we worked with the foundation’s Detroit Program to conduct a formative evaluation of the Kresge Artists In Detroit program at its 10-year point. The evaluation encompassed the Kresge Artist Fellowships program, Creative Many’s professional practices program, and ArtX: Detroit, a festival featuring Kresge Fellows’ work. We wrote the final report detailing our findings.
We completed multiple projects with Arts Midwest’s ArtsLab program, beginning with a set of case studies documenting the program’s impact over time. We also helped design and deliver an ArtsLab program sequence for a cohort of regional orchestras and participated in ArtsLab’s regional cities’ cohort as a social media workshop presenter.
With Dot Connector Studio, we evaluated the foundation’s investments in podcasting and on-demand audio through the lens of Knight grantees, then wrote the report, From Airwaves to Earbuds.
Children's Theater Company
George Family Foundation