Centre for Multi Cultural Program Evaluation

Case Studies

Racial Equity and Social Justice

Design an organisational Theory of Change, Monitoring and Evaluation Framework and data capture tools and build an organisational Client Relationship Management


Multicultural Arts Victoria (MAV)


Build MAV’s organisational scaffolding and client relationship management system to capture data that demonstrates the merit and worth of multicultural arts in Victoria.

Evaluation Approach

Design a cascading, organisational level Monitoring & Evaluation Framework (MFF) which incorporated an ‘equity in the arts’ focused Theory of Change (ToC) & Program Logic that were designed through a series of workshops and a desktop review of relevant literature.


Central to the work of MAV is the integration of non-western knowledge systems and frameworks that empower creatives to embed critical, theoretical understandings in the areas of race, ethnicity, decolonisation and migration in the context of their artmaking. 

As such, MAV’s platforms and programs are a lens through which to interpret creative works and a way of understanding the lived experiences of artists and creatives. Our platforms, such as Diasporas and workshop programs for diverse creatives, form firm foundations to share and build knowledge capital that centres the scholarship, research and histories of our forebears in the struggle for equity and justice. 

With the objective of improving cultural equity in the sector, MAV’s service model is embedded in the development of artists, practices and platforms. MAV develops and presents content with the purpose of these activities engendering opportunities for growth and change. 

MAV provides services statewide, with a determined long-term commitment to decentralising work away from urban centres, to include the geographical communities with the highest concentration of diverse communities. This includes many established and emerging communities in Melbourne’s outer suburban areas, and the regional cities of Bendigo and Shepparton. 

The current focus for MAV’s regional work is the employment of local diverse creatives as cultural leaders and facilitators with the capacity to mobilise an engaged community of practitioners.

A number of assumptions which are being tested underpin the MEF. Examples of these are:

  • Artists and their communities believe they have the support they need to operate beyond the current set of structural and systemic barriers. They intend to develop their careers and (as a result) are motivated to engage in sector-wide programs that aim to diversify their art practice and career opportunities (Theory of planned behaviour and reasoned action + cultural democracy).
  • Diverse creatives compare themselves to each other and are inspired and motivated to improve their effectiveness in Victoria’s arts sector (Reference group theory).
  • Artists compare themselves to mainstream artists, are provoked and aspire to gain the same opportunities and privileges (Social Comparison Theory).
  • Autonomy, self-determination and collective action, cognitive participation, reflective monitoring among diverse artists and arts sector communities enables them to overcome their sense of powerlessness, a lack of influence and a sense that their contributions in the Victorian arts sector are recognised and useful.
  • The experiential knowledge of artists and communities of colour or their ‘unique voice’ is valid, legitimate, and critical toward understanding the persistence of racial inequality in the Victorian arts sector.
  • Inequity and inequality in the arts sector provokes diverse creatives and their communities into actions that change the status quo.
  • Significant transformations in the Victorian arts sector occur when the sector institutions, structures, and cultures are diverse, equitable and equal.


  • Cascading culturally responsive and equity focused organisational MEF.