John Holden’s Capturing Cultural Value: How Culture has Become a Tool of Government Policy (2004), published by the think-tank, DEMOS, proposes ways of valuing culture other than the instrumental. This document (and seven further commentaries) explore various issues raised by Holden.
Capturing Cultural Value indicates the need for organizations and funders to revisit the assumptions on which current evaluation processes are based. Two questions, ‘whose culture?’ and ‘whose values?’ are pivotal to this reassessment of current structures and practice.
We need to develop a more sophisticated process that captures the shift in value that local people attribute to having a local cultural infrastructure and programme of events and activities available. They are the ones who ultimately must place a value on what we do.