Public Value FrameworkDescription:

The purpose of this project was to develop a new measurement framework to capture the value created by arts and cultural activity in WA. The Department of Culture and the Arts (DCA) is seeking to better understand and measure the public value created through its investments in arts and culture, and their role as a development agency for the sector.


The consultant team worked with DCA to identify the key outputs, outcomes and value created through public investment in arts and culture. This has led to modelling the links between the policy framework and the measurement framework proposed. The resulting measurement framework has been benchmarked against leading edge thinking on the ways in which a public funder might measure the value of its cultural investments. This ensures that the measurement framework DCA will be using reflects best practice understandings around definitions and measurement techniques.

As a consequence of this approach, the proposed measurement framework has two important users – firstly, DCA, as it attempts to harness the measurement framework in investment activities, and secondly, the broader arts and cultural sector, in their efforts to measure the value contribution of the sector to the public at large.


A report outlining a series of recommendations was presented to the DCA and will require them to produce its own project plan and consider available or additional resources for the implementation of such recommendations.


Department of Culture and the Arts

Pracsys team involved in this project:

Michael Chappell (Managing Director)