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Research in Residence: Arts' Civic Impact

Research Methods Intensive 2021

CDMI co-lead Mary Elizabeth Luka has been working with Mass Culture as lead supervisor and co-facilitator from UTSC CDMI over the last few months to prepare for and run a pilot research methods intensive with co-facilitator Robin Sokoloski. The collective research project that this will support involves six graduate student researchers in  original digital ethnographic research at separate arts organizations, and to develop arts-based methods and frameworks to address impact measurement. The project involves several organizations, including Mass Culture as the co-facilitator, and Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Trillium Foundation, Toronto Arts Foundation and the Culture Statistics Working Group (Federal-Provincial-Territorial Culture and Heritage Table) as advisors and co-funders. Funded by Mitacs grants for the students, it also involves supervisors and support from six universities (UTSC, Carleton University, Emily Carr University’s Aboriginal Gathering Place, McGill University and University of Winnipeg).

The graduate student researchers are:

Shanice Bernicky, Graduate Student Researcher

Meet Shanice, graduate student resarcher, in this video

Emma Bugg, Researcher in Residence

Meet Emma, graduate student researcher, in this video 

Audree and Missy, student researchers, are featured inside circular frames

Meet Audree and Missy, graduate student researchers in this video

The face and name of Aaron Richmond, student researcher are featured in this image

Meet Aaron, graduate student researcher, in this video

Face and name of Sydney Pickering, student researcher

Meet Sydney, graduate student Sydney Pickering in this video

The methods intensive program is taking place during two-hour virtual sessions between July 5 and November 15, 2021:

Monday, July 5: Shared research principles and intro to autoethnography

Monday, July 12: IP/use of research and intro to digital ethnography, PAR, and ethics of care

Monday, July 19: Research ethics submissions and research timelines

Monday, July 26: Co-ordinating a shared literature review and intro to digital media tracking/fasting

Monday, August 23: Intro to arts impact measurement case studies (guests: Animating Democracy)

Tuesday, August 24: REB submission check-ins and using the Animating Democracy attributes framework

Wednesday, August 25: IP template and questions; generating arts organization proposals

Thursday, August 26: Creative hubs impact measurement framework; intro to developing impact indicators

Monday, September 20: Researcher check-ins (ethics submissions, selections of arts organizations)

Monday, October 18: Researcher check-in (research design and plan)

Monday, November 15: Researcher check-in (preparing for the ethnographic experience)

 

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