UCLG ASPAC (United Cities and Local Governments, Asia Pacific sector), Committee on Culture Workshops and Events, United Nations Institute for Training and Research, Jeju, Republic of Korea

In 2015 the UCLG ASPAC (United Cities and Local Governments, Asia Pacific sector), established a Committee on Culture and invited CDN to be an advisor to that committee.  Since then, CDN has worked with UCLG ASPAC, the Jeju Cifal and the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) to present cultural planning and evaluation workshops to its members from across the Asia Pacific.

CDN has presented the Cultural Development Planning Framework, the schema of measurable cultural outcomes and more recently introduced the WhiteBox outcomes planning platform to the participating Asia Pacific members of UCLG ASPAC.

Local, regional and national governments participating from the following nations: Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, Fiji, Indonesia, Kiribati, Laos, Maldives, Mongolia, Nepal, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Republic of Korea, Samoa, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Vietnam.

The following workshops have been presented.

29 May–1 June 2018, Jeju, Republic of Korea
Cultural Development for Sustainable Island Tourism in the Asia-Pacific Region

12-15 September 2017, Jeju, Republic of Korea
Policy Workshop: Cultural Tourism for Sustainable Development in the Asia-Pacific Region

10-13 May 2017, Jeju, Republic of Korea
Cultural Tourism or Sustainable Urban Development in the Asia-Pacific Region

26-29 September 2016, Jeju, Republic of Korea
Cultural Tourism Development: Public Space and Cultural Landscape Management in the Asia-Pacific Region

28 June–1 July 2016, Jeju, Republic of Korea
Capacity Building on Cultural Tourism Development in Asia and the Pacific Region

Workshop: The Art of Measurement, 30 November 2017, Footscray Community Arts Centre

Presenters: John Smithies, from the Cultural Development Network, Jenny Riley from Navigating Outcomes and Tandi Palmer Williams and Brooke Boyce, from Patternmakers

Presented by ArtsWest, this special event invited participants to find out about the five measurable cultural outcomes for engagement in cultural development activities; learn the difference between an output and an outcome and why it matters; and hear how evaluations can assist in making your activities more meaningful and informative. More information

2017 WALGA Local Government Convention & Trade Exhibition, 2-4 August 2017

CDN Executive Officer, John Smithies presented the Schema of Measurable Cultural Outcomes to a room of 175 Councillors from councils across Western Australia. On the second day a workshop on Cultural Development Planning was delivered to council officers. 

Under the theme Members First, the 2017 WA Local Government Convention bought together several hundred senior Local Government Council representatives from across the State. The program reflected on how to better understand and respond to the needs of Local Government by focusing on improving Member engagement and service. There is an emphasis on practical sessions and this year’s program incorporated three concurrent sessions covering topics such as Emergency Management, community engagement, waste and recycling, and implications of the new NDIS, to name a few. The event included WALGA’s AGM, followed by two days of plenary and concurrent sessions. More information

Presentation & Field Trip: Culture & Development Planning, John Smithies & Holly Schauble, 1 June 2017, Urban and Resilience Program, RMIT University

Coordinated by the UN Global Compact – Cities Programme, RMIT and AECOM, for the first time, organisations across the state – including the Victorian Government, City West Water and Resilient Melbourne – came together to deliver the Bangkok Metropolitan Government (BMA) Urban and Resilience Program for 22 Bangkok city leaders.

The two-week BMA Urban and Resilience Program focused on empowering Bangkok to tackle livability through customised seminars, workshops and site visits.

The program explored solutions within the five components of livability identified in Bangkok’s 20-year development plan: healthcare, infrastructure, culture and environment, education, stability as well as an extra module on creative economic education.

Experts from across RMIT’s urban and planning fields shared their research and expertise on placemaking, spatial mapping, metro planning, and culture and development, as well as leading hands-on capacity development workshops to inspire Bangkok’s leaders on ways to tackle the livability challenges facing them.

CDN Executive Officer presented on CDN’s Cultural Development Planning Framework and lead a field trip for delegates visiting a Victorian council to demonstrate how cultural development is applied to local and sustainable community development.

Panel discussion: Evaluating Cultural Impacts, UCLG Culture Summit, 10-13 May 2017, Jeju Island, South Korea

John SMITHIES, Executive Officer, Cultural Development Network (CDN)
Victoria, Ms. Beatriz GARCIA, Head of Research, Institute of Cultural Capital, UoL
Ms. Kiley ARROYO,Executive Director, Cultural Strategies Council, USA,
Mr. Francisco d’ALMEIDA, Co-Director and General Delegate, Culture et Développement,
Mr. KIM Seungsu, Mayor, Jeonju,
Mr. JUNG Eunhye, Artist, Jeju,
Mr. Randy DURBAND, Chief Executive Officer, Global Sustainable Tourism Council,
Mr. Claus-Peter ECHTER, Council Member, Europa Nostra, Germany;Secretary General ICOMOS’ Scientific Committee on Historic Towns and Village.

In several parts of the world, researchers, activists and cities have designed evaluation frameworks that aim to assess and visualise the role of culture in sustainable development, including its social, economic, environmental and cultural impacts. This session will involve the presentation of a range of experiences in this field, with a view to enabling mutual learning and identifying areas for potential collaboration.  Read more about the ULCG Summit here

Guest lecture: Measuring outcomes of cultural activity across public policy domains: a framework for policy and practice.

Measuring outcomes of cultural activity across public policy domains: a framework for policy and practice. 
Presentation by Kim Dunphy at the Research Unit in Public Cultures seminar series, University of Melbourne, September 2016.

Invited presentation: Applying measurable outcomes in evaluation: practical support towards effective and efficient evaluation, Arts Evaluation Forum, Ian Potter Foundation, Melbourne, April 2017.

On 27 April, the Foundation hosted an Arts Forum focusing on current best practices in evaluation for this sector. Representatives from 17 organisations attended including nine current and former Arts grantees. Participants discussed a range of topics from the need for better arts evaluation capacity to evaluation frameworks to the best length for a survey. The main focus of the Forum was considering what arts outcomes can look like: how to measure experiences and how to assign a value to the changes that occur.

CDN”s presentation on What are outcomes? How can they be measured? available here.

Guest speakers from Culture Counts, Arts Victoria, the University of Melbourne, Cultural Development Network and the Australia Council also provided insights on funder expectations, project evaluation, and tools and frameworks to assign value to art experiences. Read more

Virtual study group discussant: Measuring quality in the arts, Cultural Research Network, Australia-UK-USA, December 2016.

On November 30, 2016, the Cultural Research Network hosted a virtual study group to explore a new research method that seeks to help artists, arts organizations and funders to develop a shared approach to evaluating the reception of their work.

The session comprised a short presentation from an independent researcher who has worked with the Culture Counts Quality Metrics system in the UK: Catherine Bunting.

This was followed by a panel discussion with Catherine and Dr. Abigail Gilmore (University of Manchester, UK), featuring contributions from around the world, with Alan Brown (WolfBrown: USA) and Kim Dunphy (University of Melbourne/Cultural Development Network: Australia). We were able to feed questions and observations from attendees into the discussion.

The VSG was hosted by James Doeser, CRN Committee Member. Watch now

Panel discussion: Councils, Culture and Communities, ArtLand Dubbo 2016

John Smithies, Cultural Development Network (VIC) & Sally Watterson, Local Government NSW 

Cultural development planning is a growing requirement for all councils investing in cultural infrastructure and programs across the arts, heritage and libraries. A barrier to best practice planning has been the lack of measurable cultural outcomes for cultural development activities. This session will present the outcome measures, case studies of their use and some of the emerging tools to assist local government managers plan according to outcomes.

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Where’s the Evidence? New approaches to measuring the arts, ArtLand Dubbo 2016

Georgia Moore, Culture Counts Australia (VIC); Lindy Allen, Living Proof Media (VIC); John Smithies, Cultural Development Network (VIC)

The small to medium sector has, over the last decade, relinquished control of project evaluation to academia. This has led to an absence of creative ownership of these important processes. Reasserting creative control of evaluation will invigorate our collective capacity to promote the contribution we make to regeneration in a community and regional context. Program here


Global Frictions Seminar Series: ‘Culture in development: Can culture be developed; and if so, whose culture and to what end?

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Centre for Global Research, RMIT University,
Thursday, 23 June, 4.00-5.30pm

Session Theme: Culture in development: Can culture be ‘developed’: and if so, whose culture and to what end? 

CDN, through its association with RMIT University facilitated this seminar which explores the challenging role of culture in development, and its significance in contributing to desired futures.

Webinar: Renewal in the regions: re-imagining, re-thinking, re-generating regional places

RAA_White_Box_300x158-188x95Regional Arts Australia, Australia-wide, May 2016

Host: Ben Eltham

Presenters: Dr. Kim Dunphy, Justin O’Connor, Marcus Westbury

Culture is being promoted as a driver, a method and an endpoint of regional development. It is at the core of many current models for regeneration, designed to ignite a myriad of outcomes. But how realistic is this? Is it naive to talk of culture-led recovery in communities suffering high-level unemployment and infrastructure issues? What are some of the innovative models being used for culture-led regeneration across regional Australia? What are the opportunities for transformation in regional Australia? What are the obstacles? How can renewal be long-term, sustainable? How can it be measured? What might we have to change in our understanding of both culture and economy, to really move forwards?

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Winter Webinar 2: The Case for Arts and Culture for Personal Wellbeing

RAA_White_Box_300x158-188x95Regional Arts Australia Winter Webinar Series: Igniting and Fuelling Conversations about Arts & Culture in Regional & Remote Australia

Wednesday 15 June, 11 am.

Host: Ben Eltham

Presenters: Dr Christina Davies, John Smithies & Alex Kelly

CDN’s Director John Smithies explored the topic of measurable cultural outcomes in depth in this webinar, along with other interesting panellists, addresses the topic: The case for arts and culture for personal wellbeing.


Presentation: Articulating the cultural value of cultural engagement LG NSW

NSW local government associationThe Local Government Association of NSW Arts and Culture Forum, NSW, April 2016

Presenter: John Smithies, Director, Cultural Development Network

At the Local Government Association of NSW Arts and Culture Forum, CDN’s Director John Smithies presented on ‘Articulating the cultural value of cultural engagement: making the intangible tangible‘.

In his presentation he addressed how the task of measuring the value of engagement in cultural activity continues to challenge policy makers, funders and practitioners. Researchers all over the world have been developing frameworks to enable this measurement, with varying degrees of success and take up. Many of these approaches confound the issue of measuring cultural value of cultural activity, by using proxy measures of social and economic value, leaving the fundamental task of cultural value assessment unresolved. This presentation took on that challenge, in providing both a schema for measuring cultural outcomes of cultural activity and a series of measures derived from theory to enable that assessment. 

The forum featured presentations from key arts and culture sector representatives, followed by a networking event. The program of speakers and panellists included representatives from: the Office of Local Government; the National Local Government Cultural Forum; Arts NSW; the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage; the State Library of NSW; Regional Arts NSW; Museums and Galleries NSW, and representatives from local government in a panel discussion.

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Presentation: A Schema of Outcomes for Cultural Engagement

PrintAustralasian Evaluation Society Conference, Melbourne, September 2015

Presenter: Dr. Kim Dunphy, Research Program Manager, Cultural Development Network

CDN contributed to the recent Australasian Evaluation Society Conference in Melbourne, with Dr Kim Dunphy making a poster presentation on CDN’s draft schema of outcomes for cultural engagement. This schema intends to be offered as an evaluation framework suitable for organisations, including local government and some arts agencies, that have a community change or development agenda in their work.

Poster presentation available here

Presentation: Outcomes of urban place-making projects: a holistic assessment

logo-globalcitiesThe Regional Studies Association Inaugural Australasian Conference, Melbourne, August 2015

Presenter: Dr. Kim Dunphy, Research Program Manager, Cultural Development Network

Yuji Weisgard, Intern, Cultural Development Network and Roskilde University, Denmark presented by Kim Dunphy, Research Program Manager, CDN Principal Research Fellow, Global Cities Research Institute, RMIT University.

This research explores the intersection between cultural and urban development. Drawing on concepts of place and place-making, by approaching cultural initiatives as places and a planning process as a place-making process, the report demonstrates how the two fields of cultural and urban development intersect. The research from this presentation invites us to consider how proper assessment of cultural initiatives could benefit planning processes. Included are two case studies from Melbourne and Copenhagen, where an assessment framework devised by CDN has been used to evaluate cultural initiatives within several value domains.

This research was presented at the conference ‘Rethinking the Region and Regionalism in Australasia: Challenges and Opportunities for the 21st Century” organised as part of the Regional Studies Association Inaugural Australasian Conference in Melbourne, on August 31- September 2, 2015. The conference explored themes from all areas of regional analysis, with a particular focus on the ‘cultural’ dimension of change.

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Professional Development Forum: Cultural Development Planning in Local Government in Victoria, 2015

Municipal Association of Victoria, Melbourne, May 2015

This forum built on last year’s series on cultural development planning that involved 75 staff and elected representatives from 50 Victorian councils. It offered extended material from last year’s series and a refresher of concepts presented in the 2014 series. (more…)

Forum: Victorian Local Government Multicultural Issues Network Forum, 2014

Enhancing Cultural Wellbeing and Cultural Citizenship Through the Arts, October 30, 2014 at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka

This event was presented by the Victorian Local Government Multicultural Issues Network with the Municipal Association of Victoria, the Cultural Development Network and Multicultural Arts Victoria, and hosted by City of Ballarat and supported by City of Melbourne, City of Greater Dandenong, City of Monash and Brimbank City Council. (more…)

Webinar: Culture in the Community: Indicators of Arts, Culture and Heritage in Australia

The Australian Community Indicators Network, Australia, June 2014

Presenters: Dr. Kim Dunphy, Research Program Manager, Cultural Development Network; Lisa Conolly, the Australian Bureau of Statistics; and Leigh Tabrett, former Director of Arts Queensland.

This webinar discussed the importance arts, culture and heritage in the creation of vibrant communities, and available indicators/data sources to measure their impact and influence.

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Workshop: Approaches to Planning and Evaluation for Local Cultural Development

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Presenters: Dr. Kim Dunphy, Research Program Manager, Cultural Development Network in collaboration with Country Arts SA

This workshop was designed for cultural development professionals to assist with effective planning and evaluation of their activities. Participants were introduced to the concept of evidence-based approaches to planning, and frameworks that facilitate this, specifically program logic and theory of change.  


Public Forum and consultation: Vital Signs, Melbourne, March 2014

Cultural indicators for Australia: local and national approaches, 13 March, 2014, RMIT University

What to measure and how to measure it has been an ongoing challenge in the cultural sector. The Vital Signs public forum organized by Arts Victoria and the Cultural Development Network in March 2014 provided an opportunity for stakeholders to share information about the collection and use of cultural data. This formed part of national consultations on the Vital Signs paper on national cultural indicators. (more…)

Forum series: Cultural Planning Forums Across Victoria Wrap Up, 2014

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In July, the CDN team competed the final in our series of 15 forums on cultural development planning for local government. The last event in Melbourne on July 30 was followed by an information session for other stakeholders in the cultural planning process. Elected representatives, CEOs, senior managers, local leaders and local artists from across Victoria attended the event to hear from John Smithies, CDN’s Director, about the framework for cultural development planning that CDN and participants worked on together over the three month series. The engagement of councils in the series was very encouraging, with more than 50 of Victoria’s 79 councils participating over the period.


Workshop: Approaches to planning and evaluation for local cultural development, August 2013

Presented by Murray Arts and the Cultural Development Network


Presentation: Cultural Planning Processes in Local Government in Victoria

ACELG Local Government Researchers Forum, Adelaide, June 2013

Presenter: Kim Dunphy, Research Program Manager & Linda Tavelli, Visiting Researcher, Cultural Development Network

The Cultural Development Network was pleased to contribute to research expertise about cultural development in local government at the Researchers’ Forum presented by the Australian Centre for Excellence in Local Government.  The paper presented by Kim Dunphy, drew from research undertaken by Linda Tavelli who worked on a research placement with CDN in late 2012.

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Presentations: The Cultural Sustainability Stream of the People and the Planet: Transforming the Future Global Conference

logo-globalcitiesThe Global Cities Research Institute (RMIT) and the UN Global Compact Cities Programme, Melbourne, July 2013


Adriana Partal, Research Assistant, Cultural Development Network
Blanch Higgins, RMIT University
Jade Lillie, CEO, Footscray Community Arts Centre Steph Vajda, Ferment Collaborate
Kevin Murray, Kit Andrew, Samantha Fabry, RMIT University
Shanene Ditton, Researcher, Gold Coast

The Cultural Development Network was pleased to partner with organisers to convene the conference stream on cultural sustainability. A fascinating range of presentations from speakers from countries including China, South Africa, New Zealand, UK, and across Australia, addressed the complex relationship between culture and sustainability.  Panel themes included: Culture and society nexus; Education, culture and sustainability; Cultural heritage and sustainability; The relationship of the arts to cultural sustainability; Culture, sustainability and cities.

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Conference: Making Culture Count: Rethinking measures of cultural vitality, wellbeing and citizenship international conference, Melbourne, May 2012

logosExploring the burgeoning field of cultural and community indicators.

Visit the Making Culture Count website.

Public Forum: Practitioners’ Voices – artists in community settings, Melbourne, May 2012

A unique forum on practice for professional artists working in community. What we do and why it matters.


Conference: Culture: A New Way of Thinking for Local Government International Conference, Melbourne, October 2011

On how the inclusion of culture with social, environment and economic policies strengthens local governance (more…)

Public Forum: Arts, Local Government & Climate Change, Arts Talk, Melbourne, May 2011

Exploring ways that local councils are using the arts to address issues of environmental sustainability, especially climate change, through the arts.


Public Forum: Home Lands, Arts Talks, March 2011

Constructing home and identity with young people from refugee backgrounds through media and technology.


Public Forum: International Perspectives, Melbourne, December 2010

Arts residencies in the Asian Century
Asialink Arts Residency Program
presented by the Cultural Development Network, City of Melbourne and Asialink


Conference: After Sorry, What Next? one-day conference, Melbourne, November 2010

Local government connecting with Aboriginal communities (more…)

Public Forum: Gettin’ It Right, Melbourne, June 2010

Community consent and the arts


Presentation: Increasing opportunities for people with a disability to participate in the arts: assisting local government and other cultural development workers to develop capacity

imagesArts Activated: Accessible Arts National Conference, Sydney, 2010

Presenter: Dr. Kim Dunphy, Program Manager, Cultural Development Network

Presentation / Resource list / Conference website

Artists’ Talk: The International Perspective, Melbourne, December 2010

Artists and artsworkers talk about their experiences overseas


Presentation: Cultural Development in Local Government

Unknown-1Yarra Ranges Arts Network, Shire of Yarra Ranges, December 2009

Presenter: Kim Dunphy, Program Manager, Cultural Development Network.

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Public forum: Indigenous Arts Programs, Melbourne, November 2010

Models for engagement in local government


Presentation: Supporting clients to enjoy participating in the arts

ASSID Conference for Disability Support workers, Melbourne, November 2009

Presenter: Kim Dunphy, Program Manager, Cultural Development Network.

Handout: resource and ideas list for disability support workers

Presentation: Developing and Revitalising Rural and Remote Communities Through Arts and Creativity: a review of literature from Australia

Arts for Health Conference, Port MacQuarie, NSW, October 2009

Presenter: Kim Dunphy, Research Program Manager, Cultural Development Network

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Presentation: Encouraging Creativity and Creative School – Community Partnerships

Artists and Community Partnerships, Catholic Education Office, October 2009

Presenter: John Smithies, Director, Cultural Development Network
Resource and ideas list: Encouraging Creativity and Creative School – Community Partnerships

Presentation: How can the impact of cultural development work in local government be measured? Towards more effective planning and evaluation strategies

ReGenerating Community: Arts, Community & Governance National Conference, Melbourne, September 2009

Presenter: Kim Dunphy, Research Program Manager, Cultural Development Network

This conference addressed ways in which global issues are being addressed locally through collaborations between artists, communities and local government.

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Conference: Regenerating Community: Arts, Community and Governance National Conference, RMIT University, September 2009

Global issues addressed locally through collaborations between artists, communities and local government. (more…)

Public forum: Meet, Meld, Merge II, Yea, Victoria, May 2009

Arts Bringing Communities Together


Artist’s Talk: Meet the artist, Melbourne, January 2009

Community artist Michael Needham from the UK


Artists’ talk: The International Perspective, Melbourne, December 2009

Artists and artsworkers talk about their experiences overseas


Public Forum: Homelessness and Cultural Democracy, August 2008

The rights of homeless individuals and families to participate in the cultural life of the community


Public Forum: Networking the Diaspora, October 2008

Communication between dispersed communities


Conference: Connecting Schools and Communities, one day conferences, Colac, Wodonga, Melbourne, June 2008

Exploring the use of schools and community facilities for creative community outcomes (more…)

Conference: Communities, Accessibility and the Arts: one day conferences, Ballarat and Morwell, June 2008

Responding to and embracing difference and diversity in arts and cultural contexts (more…)

Public Forum & Walking Tour: Permissible Art, North Melbourne, April 2008

Discusses the production of graffiti, its regulation by local government and its place in urban culture