Quantitative Evaluation of a Social Circus program in Quebec
Art for Social Change: A Research Partnership in Teaching, Evaluation and Capacity-Building (ASC!), involves researchers, community members, students and others from a wide variety of sectors and aims to explore how the arts are used to engage people and encourage positive change. A field study of social circus, led by Dr. Jennifer Spiegel of Concordia University, is part of this five-year research program in art for social change (ASC). Dr. Spiegel’s research on social circus mainly uses ethnographic and other qualitative techniques. The purpose of this report is to provide some quantitative data about social circus in Quebec to contribute to Dr. Spiegel’s study as well as to contribute to the ASC research objective of developing various tools for researching ASC projects and for operational evaluations if and when
appropriate. One of the specific objectives of this report is to identify strengths and limitations of the approach used in this questionnaire survey.