Event evaluation: definitions, concepts and a state of the art review

Stephen Brown, Donald Getz, Robert Pettersson, Martin Wallstam

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    Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to define event evaluation, develop a conceptual model of its process and elements, review pertinent literature, and draw conclusions pertaining both to the discourse on evaluation and its praxis. Design/methodology/approach – General review of literature and development of a conceptual model of the evaluation process. Findings – The review suggests that impact assessments have dominated, but are only one type of evaluation; research and papers on evaluating the worth of events has been minimal, while those on the evaluation of various management and marketing functions is fragmented. Research limitations/implications – It is concluded that little has been written about evaluation paradigms and systems, although the discourse on sustainability and triple bottom line accountability has led to a greater emphasis on non-economic considerations. Originality/value – The conceptual model of the evaluation process and its components offers a systematic approach to shaping evaluation discourse and methods. Conclusions are drawn on how to advance evaluation research and methods applied to events.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)135-157
    Number of pages23
    JournalInternational Journal of Event and Festival Management
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - 15 Jun 2015


    • Evaluation worth
    • Impact assessment
    • Measures
    • Methods
    • Value
    • Worth


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