Progressing socio-cultural impact evaluation for festivals

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Robertson, Martin, Rogers, Phil and Leask, Anna (2009) Progressing socio-cultural impact evaluation for festivals. Journal of Policy Research in Tourism, Leisure and Events, 1 (2). pp. 156-169. ISSN 1940-7963


The research project reported in this paper set out to advance the knowledge base of socio-cultural festival evaluation and, through industry and academic liaison, produce a robust, comprehensive set of indicators. The purpose of this paper is threefold: first, to offer a summary of the synthesis of literature relating to methodologies for evaluating the socio-cultural effects of festivals; second, to identify the emerging themes resulting from the existing literature; and third, as part of an evaluation of stakeholder perception, to present a comparative rating of a UK-wide cross-section of festival leaders (n = 60) of core impacts and their significance. The methods adopted were based on a comprehensive review of secondary literature in relation to the evaluation of socio-cultural impacts of festivals, followed by telephone interviews with a sample of UK festival directors.

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Item type Article
DOI 10.1080/19407960902992233
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Subjects Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Hospitality Tourism and Marketing
Historical > FOR Classification > 1506 Tourism
Historical > SEO Classification > 9003 Tourism
Keywords ResPubID17792, festivals and events, socio-cultural benefits and disbenefits, indicators, festival directors, aggregative synthesis
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