This document presents a plan for an external, developmental program evaluation of the Perpich Center
for Arts Education (PCAE). This document is not an evaluation, but rather a plan for an evaluation of a
particular kind. Developmental evaluation is ongoing and based on collaborative planning with the
stakeholders of an organization. It is not a definitive judgment of an organization, but rather a process to
encourage self-examination and improvement. This document proposes a plan--including topics,
questions, a process, and timeline - for such an evaluation to be conducted. Such an evaluation of PCAE,
as a state agency, could be conducted by the Office of the Legislative Auditor if PCAE were selected by
the Topic Selection Subcommittee of the Legislative Audit Commission, for completion by the Office of
the Legislative Auditor. An evaluation of PCAE is acutely relevant as several recent concerns have been
voiced about the governance structure, and as the institution attempts to absorb and maintain a new
Professional paper for the fulfillment of the Master of Public Policy
Program Evaluation Plan for the Perpich Center for Arts Education Governance, Administration, Financial and Performance Structures.
Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs.
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