Tura Tracks Evaluation Framework

The research team acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the lands on which we work and live and the lands on which we conducted this research. We also pay our respect to Elders past, present and emerging, and extend that respect to all First Nations’ Peoples involved in this research evaluation.

Tura Tracks was a research project (2017 – 2019) on the IMPACT of Tura New Music’s programs in regional and remote Australia. The research, developed to create an evaluation framework, was carried out by Professor Brydie-Leigh Bartleet (Director, Queensland Conservatorium Research Centre, Griffith University) and Doctor Gillian Howell (Postdoctoral Research  Fellow, Griffith University).

The study was made possible through the generous support of the Ian Potter Foundation.

Download the Tura Tracks Evaluation Summary


Postponed: Evaluating Social Impact in the Arts

An in-depth discussion on the outcomes of Tura New Music’s Tura Tracks Evaluation Framework presented by Tura New Music and The Centre for Social Impact.

Please join Professor Brydie-Leigh Bartleet (Director, Queensland Conservatorium Research Centre, Griffith University) and Doctor Gillian Howell (Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Griffith University) for a presentation and panel discussion on evaluating impact in the arts hosted by Professor Paul Flatau, Director, Centre for Social Impact at the University of Western Australia.

The presentation and panel discussion will take an in-depth look at Tura Tracks, a report on an evaluation of Tura New Music’s regional and remote annual program in 2019. The report presents an evaluation framework and presents the findings of a summative evaluation of its work in the remote north-west region of the Kimberley.

This event has been postponed, please register your interest in this future event by contacting info@tura.com.au


Tura Tracks

Tura New Music has worked in the Kimberley since 2003, bringing cross-genre, contemporary live music and sound art to remote communities through an annual program of concerts, workshops, and residencies, presented in partnership with local organisations.

The study sought to develop a bespoke evaluation framework grounded in the experiences, priorities, and aspirations of the communities of the Kimberley with whom Tura works. The dominant themes in the data gathered over three fieldwork engagements in the region were translated into the domains and subdomains of the framework.

Monitoring tools were then developed and implemented in the field during the final fieldwork engagement (June 2019), using indicators drawn directly from the qualitative data. Across its three stages, the research incorporated mixed methods, including in-depth interviews, focus groups, participant observation, and surveys.

The resulting seven domains capture the diverse contributions of Tura’s work:

Domain 1: Personal wellbeing
Domain 2: Family and Community
Domain 3: Identity and Culture
Domain 4: Aesthetic enrichment
Domain 5: Creativity stimulated
Domain 6: Capacities and Connections
Domain 7: Two-way

The findings show that Tura New Music brings distinctive musical opportunities to remote communities in terms of the instruments it features, the musical ideas and content, and its commitment to collaborations with First Nations musicians, including local and nationally-acclaimed artists. Its concerts, workshops, and residencies can enhance feelings of place-connection and may help to strengthen community bonds, connecting new music and sound art with the local environment, providing a spotlight for local musicians, and even drawing people together across community boundaries.

Its focus on contemporary and new music and sound art is highly valued, and its concerts promote relaxing and peaceful feelings for many people, while also being stimulating and challenging. In a context where many people live in the moment, Tura’s music events and residency activities, in particular, can ‘shift the energy’ of the town and create memorable experiences that the community continues to talk about after the tour or residency has concluded.

Tura New Music is seen as a valued and reliable partner and collaborator. Trusted, respectful, and longstanding relationships between Tura personnel and the communities with which Tura works are a critical component of Tura’s achievements in this work, central to its continued growth and therefore to any efforts to scale the work.

The evaluation framework and monitoring tools have been designed to track the ways that capacities, resources, and connections for music and creativity evolve over time in tandem with (and therefore indirectly or directly connected to) Tura’s inputs. Tura’s flexibility of approach, engagement with local strengths and aspirations, and commitment to relationship building are important factors in its capacity to catalyse increased music provision, capacities, and resources for music in remote and regional communities.

Acknowledgments

Thank you to Tura New Music’s partners in Kununurra, Warmun and Fitzroy Crossing for their support of the evaluation research (Waringarri Aboriginal Arts, East Kimberley College, Ngalangangpum School, Warmun Art Centre, Fitzroy Valley District High School, Marninwarntikura Women’s Resource Centre, Nindilingarri Cultural Health Service, and the Fitzroy Crossing Men’s Shed). In particular, we thank the community members and teachers who helped to coordinate and facilitate access to a range of perspectives for interviews and surveys: Liz Ritchie and Jane Barker in 2018, and Cathie Bonner, Amy Christophers and Sr Julianne Murphy in 2019.

For further information on Tura Tracks and Tura’s Regional Program contact Tura Artistic Director Tos Mahoney tosm@tura.com.au.

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