As public humanities projects grow in both number and size at higher ed institutions, the question of assessment has become increasingly important. There are many outstanding questions: How do you assess the impact of a public humanities project? What methods are feasible for project directors? Across higher ed, public humanists are asking these questions and looking to build their capacity to assess and share the impact of their work to attract additional support and funding.
This moderated conversation will discuss public humanities assessment from a variety of perspectives. Speakers will share their collective experiences and expertise in conducting assessment of public humanities projects, reading grant proposals and awarding grants, and leveraging data to advocate for those projects, programs, and initiatives. Discussion topics may include the challenges of assessment, how funders view assessment in grant applications, and what kinds of data campus leaders find compelling. This session will be moderated by Younger Oliver, research associate for the Humanities for All initiative, and will include:
- Lily Wilson, coordinator of the Wayne State Humanities Clinic at Wayne State University
- Gigi Naglak, director of programs at the New Jersey Council for the Humanities
- Mark Wilson, director of the Caroline Marshall Draughon Center for the Arts & Humanities at Auburn University