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Report on Measuring the Impact of a Mobility Grant: A Work in Progress

Roberto Cimetta Fund, Paris, 2013

The Roberto Cimetta Fund (RCF), in collaboration with regional and local partners, defines strategies for transnational artistic mobility. Within this framework, an analysis of the impact of mobility has been undertaken in order to identify positive effects of travel and consequences for the nature and diversity of cultural and artistic products or offers.

The RCF sent a questionnaire to the grantees of the Fund in order to identify the concrete output of their travel and their opinions on mobility in the Euro - Middle East - North African region.

The questionnaire was drafted together with Inga Farina Petzhold from the University of Hildeshiem in Germany and Matina Magkou, PhD student working with Cristina Ortega Nuere at the Institute of Leisure Studies, University of Bilbao, Spain. The questionnaire was sent to all the grantees of the Fund in October 2012 (around 500 valid email addresses). The RCF registered the reception of this questionnaire in 18 countries such as Jordan, Egypt, Tunisia, Turkey, Portugal, Serbia, France, Germany, Italy, Belgium, Croatia, United Kingdom and Spain. 108 answers were received in November and December 2012. A majority of the respondents mentioned that their travel grant led to a better integration in the artistic and cultural field and to concrete productions (exhibitions, screenings, concerts, performances, touring, publications). The main motive for travelling was to set up or continue artistic projects. The impact of the travel grant is realised within a short-term period, as 57,5% of the respondents realised that their travel had a positive impact on their work either during or right after their travel. 96% of the respondents are still in touch with their host and 67% of them have returned or have concrete plans to return to the hosting countries for professional reasons. Finally, 45% of the respondents engage in mobility practices in the Euro - Middle East - North African region for professional reasons more than once a year.

The assessment is available for download at www.cimettafund.org/content/upload/file/RCF.Evaluation-en.pdf

This report does not seek to be an overall evaluation nor to reflect the opinions of all grantees. It is a first step of a work in progress that the RCF will continue in the coming months.

For more information please contact: Fonds Roberto Cimetta, c/o ONDA, 13bis rue Henri Monnier, F 75009 Paris, France; tel.: 00 33 1 45 26 33 74; fax: 00 33 1 48 74 16 03; e-mail: info@cimettafund.org; www.cimettafund.org