CMW Artistic Director Sebastian Ruth offered WolfBrown an unusual challenge: to discover how "becoming a member of the CMW community affects students’ inner lives: their conceptions of themselves, their sense of themselves as effective, their willingness to try new things, or to be expressive.”
Dennie Wolf took Sebastian’s challenge, and developed a set of tools to measure student progress in three areas: Musicianship, Agency, and Participation in a Wider World.
From there, WolfBrown engaged in strategic meetings with CMW staff, Board, and families to design an evaluation in which students, families, and community members shared their opinions, and in the process learned more about the CMW, and each other.
The evaluation timeline was as follows:
||Phase III students adapt and develop tools to examine three areas of student outcome
|Fall 2008-Spring 2009
||Teaching staff conduct lesson-based interviews with students
||"Data Festivals" CMW families participate in pizza dinners where they create maps and diaries of their creative and musical worlds
||Members of the CMW evaluation advisory team meet with evaluators of similar intensive art organizations across the country to discuss and compare strategies
||Board members conduct interviews with families; final round of data collected; evaluators attend multiple afternoon lessons, rehearsals, performances
||Evaluators share a sub-set of findings at CMW Board retreat
||Evaluation draft is shared with Advisory Team, CMW faculty, and Board
||Final evaluation document is delivered to CMW and Rhode Island Foundation
||Ongoing translation of evaluation process and findings into a set of tools and strategies to further students' progress towards the three outcomes of CMW's program
Click here to listen to CMW Board President Liz Hollander discuss the evaluation process