KUULTO and Tampere Together

Action research and systemic thinking as tools for identifying spillovers and understanding their generation and sustenance.

In 2016 Cupore took part with a case study in an international research project “Testing innovative methods to evaluate cultural and creative spillovers in Europe”. The project consists of four case studies that devise and test tools for identifying and measuring spillover effects that cultural projects may produce. Cupore’s research team developed a qualitative approach and method based on action research for the evaluation of knowledge and network spillovers in particular.

Cupore’s case study utilized a large scale action research project KUULTO that was conducted in Finland during the years 2011–2015. KUULTO was targeted at increasing cultural participation in small, distant localities where the level of municipal cultural funding was low. It was carried out by the University of Jyväskylä and financed by the Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture.

The research team also identified spillovers produced by an ERDF funded cultural development project that was carried out in the city of Tampere from 2008 to 2013: Culture for City Districts – Tampere Together. Through interviews, context analysis, preliminary questionnaire, reflexive group work and Delphi discussions the team analyzed the selected cases from the KUULTO project and Tampere Together project to develop an evaluation model for knowledge and network spillovers of cultural projects.

Read more about KUULTO-project and download KUULTO publication in English:

–> Removing Barriers. Participative and Collaborative Cultural Activities in KUULTO Action Research


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