The Passions of Youth: Evaluation Consultant
Working as Evaluation Consultant on The Passions of Youth was an action research project developed by Manchester Metropolitan University, involving artists, youth workers, and heritage organisations working with young men in groups across Manchester, to help them explore the pastimes that fuel their life, such as football, music, and speedway racing through media training, heritage exploration and interviewing older men who paved the way for them. The evaluation briefwas to identify the successes and challenges of the project, the outcomes for the young men involved, to what extent the project meets its aims, and how the programme could influence the work of other heritage based youth and community engagement projects in the future.
Manchester International Festival Creative Programme
Evaluating the Sacred Sounds and Biospheric Project programme strands for Manchester International Festival. This work was an impact study reporting against the objectives for both projects, looking at how they make a difference locally and nationally, and their potential to influence change internationally.
Image: Sacred Sounds Choir, copyright Robert Martin.
National Maritime Museum Interactive Development
Working as an associate of Frankly, Green + Webb, helping the National Maritime Museum develop and evaluate a new interactive area of their museum. Together we explored how maps and digital technologies can help encourage family interaction and increase the personal relevance of the museum and it's stories of maritime heritage for families and other visitors.
(Photo: James O'Kenkins)
Earlyarts & Youth Music
Earlyarts worked with Youth Music on the Spotlighting programme delivering professional development for those working in early years and creative sectors in order to enhance the skills, confidence and resources for their work with young children. The evaluation reported on skills and attitudes the practitioners developed, and the potential impact on the children they work with, as a result of the sessions which covered music, story telling, and outdoor learning in woodland and beach environments.
STEM evaluation working with Nowgen and Manchester Science Festival evaluating the partnership, experiences of young people, and audiences of this project which explores the subject of human enhancement. The team worked together creating a drama production investigating some of the facts, myths, benefits and controversies of this subject. The performance they created was shown during the festival, accompanied by a public debate. A fascinating example of creative public engagement and science communication. More here and here
Manchester City Council:cultural entitlement
Manchester City Council contracted Sally to evaluate their two year pilot cultural change pilot programme. The programme aimed to test models of what 'cultural entitlement' might be for children and young people aged 0 to 19. The evaluation explored the transferability and sustainability of children and young people's activity and associated capacity building and professional networks; the accessibility of the programmes for their target participants; relevance of the programme to the Council's Local Authority Agreements and Children & Young People's Plan; and made recommendations with regard to rolling the programme out across the city.
Manchester Science Festival
Evaluation Consultant for the 2008 to 2012 Manchester Science Festivals. The festival includes over 30 partners and over 200 events. Evaluation each year tests how effectively the festival delivers its intended aims and objectives, with a special focus which changes each year and has so far included:
- Understanding who visitors are and what types of learning takes place
- Partnerships with higher education institutes
- Community and outreach work
- What motivates people to come to the festival
Evaluation includes quantitative and creative qualitative information gathering, including creative consultation and feedback opportunities integrated into the festival's programming.
MOSI 'Wasted' Exhibition
Exhibition evaluation for MOSI (Museum of Science & Industry). User testing the interactives and exhibition layout through creative consultation with children aged 7 to 11, to explore the exhibition's success in being suitable for a target audience of families and school groups. The exhibition intends to challenge preconceptions of waste disposal mechanisms; relay key messages about environmental choices; and identify the project's impact on professional practice to inform other exhibition development.
Urbis: Art & SuperCity
Sally wrote the exhibition evaluation and art education project evaluation report for Art, a contemporary street art participation project by Urbis exhibitions centre; street art and youth culture company Spearfish; and St Ambrose Barlow School in Salford. The project developed young people's work on the theme of the urban environment. This was then integrated into a major architecture and public realm exhibition of the work of Will Alsop, entitled SuperCity. The evaluation gathered and analysed qualitative and quantitative information from artists, project managers, teachers, students and visitors, to determine the successes and challenges of the project and make recommendations for the future.
Liverpool Capital of Culture: Little Acorns
Contracted as Early Years Evaluation Consultant for part of Liverpool Capital of Culture to explore a programme aiming to identify good practice in artists of all types, working in early years settings across Merseyside. The project invited the artists, staff and children to find ways of exploring the central themes of Liverpool, community, heritage, identity and family.