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Planning and Evaluation

Are you updating your agency’s strategic plan or embarking on a new planning process? If so, be sure to mine these resources for good planning ideas, how-to advice and examples of successful tactics used by other states.

Showcase of State Arts Agency Strategic Plans

NASAA maintains a listing of all current state arts agency strategic plans. Visit the showcase to see plans from each state and learn more about their particular planning methods.

NEA Partnership Agreement Panel Observations NASSA Membership Only

Each year, NASAA observes the proceedings of the National Endowment of the Arts (NEA) Partnership Agreement panels, which include a thorough assessment of state arts agencies’ planning practices. NASAA observes these proceedings to highlight issues and trends in the field.

Strategic Planning Surveys

NASAA collects examples of strategic planning surveys that state arts agencies have used to solicit feedback from constituents.  Visit NASAA’s Strategic Planning Surveys page to see a variety of examples.

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State Arts Agency Strategic Planning Toolkit

This Strategic Planning Toolkit is a hands-on guide that can help state arts agencies and other cultural organizations get the most from the planning process. It outlines some hallmarks of excellence in planning and offers practical advice on how to achieve that excellence. The toolkit also offers a good orientation to the fundamentals of planning for staff, volunteers or appointed leaders who may be new to planning in the state arts agency realm.

Performance Measurement Models

NASAA collects examples of state arts agency performance measurement tools. Browse the collection for examples of the many approaches to applying and presenting performance metrics, including internal state arts agency documents as well as external evaluations by state budget offices and legislatures.

Evaluation and Performance Measurement

  • Getting Started with Program Evaluation: A Guide for Arts Organizations: This short guide, developed collaboratively by NASAA and the Georgia Council for the Arts, is designed for state arts agencies to share with their grantees. It introduces nonprofit arts managers to basic program evaluation concepts and illustrates how evaluation can be relevant to the arts.
  • Benchmarking Reports: To assist you with your benchmarking and performance measurement efforts, NASAA can create custom funding and grant-making reports that illustrate similarities and differences between your agency and other states.

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