We received a clear, detailed report which related well to the brief and its key aims and objectives. You were very communicative, flexible in process and scheduling to meet the demands of the project, and able to relate to a range of project partners and participants well. Evaluation of the project was clear and insightful, with clear understanding of the aims and objectives of the work, its opportunities and challenges, with constructive suggestions for development or improvement in the future.
An impressive evaluation report that gives us an excellent foundation for planning an even better festival next year.
This is excellent and so nice to read through the richness and depths of people's experiences. Thank you for all your work on this.
Many thanks for all the hard work you put in. It's been a pleasure working with you. I've learnt a lot and will be happy to vouch for the quality of your work any time. You'll certainly be at the front of my mind on any future projects that need evaluation.
LEEDS DANCE PARTNERSHIP
Leeds Dance Partnership are improving the dance infrastructure in Leeds, for the benefit of local people and dance professionals locally, nationally and internationally by strengthening partner organisations; supporting emerging and independent dance artists; creating opportunities for dance artists to explore their practice; and collaborating strategically across the city on the programming and audience engagement for dance performance. They needed impact evaluation with learning, and recommendations about a next phase.
Arts Council England Ambition for Excellence funded.
(Image: Mappamondo by Dadodans - Gaia Gonnelli)
YORKSHIRE MARINE NATURE PARTNERSHIP
Evaluation of a development project setting up a new partnership across North and East Yorkshire local authorities, environmental and water management agencies, researchers and small coastal businesses. The project was to create a long term governance and finance structure with business plan, strategies and start-up funding to make the partnership a collaborative long term agent with a new level of ambition for environmental change along the Yorkshire coast.
National Lottery Heritage Resilience Funded.
New North & South. Manchester Art Gallery / Manchester Museum / The Whitworth / The Tetley / Liverpool Biennial / The British Council / Colombo Biennale / Dhaka Arts Summit / Karachi Muziris Biennale / Kochi Biennale.
New North and South was a network of eleven partners across the North of England and South Asia collaborating on a three year programme of co-commissions, exhibitions and critical exchange to explore shared heritage and develop artistic talent. The evaluation involved audiences, curators, engagement and communication professionals, artists, volunteers and schools to find out about the impact and legacies of the network.
Image: Neha Choksi Untitled, 2017 (production still) Courtesy the artist and Project 88
Manchester Museums & Galleries Partnership: Islamic Collections
Curators from Manchester Museum, The Whitworth Art Gallery, and Manchester Art Gallery worked in partnership to develop their expertise around the Islamic items in their collections. The evaluation identified the impact of a series of activities including visiting other collections; talking to experts from the UK and beyond, sharing practice and discussion with colleagues in the sector; and digging deep into their collections to research more about the links to Islam. It also resulted in a set of recommendations to ensure the new learning can reach its maximum potential in the medium and long term.
Image: Pillow End, 1700-1800 © Manchester City Galleries
National Heritage Training Group: Skills for the Future
The National Heritage Training Group delivered a Heritage Lottery Fund Skills for the Future programme, training people in traditional building skills to help preserve historic buildings and structures in the UK. Some took part in short courses, while others joined placements of 1 or 2 years. Most also completed qualifications. The evaluation explored the processes , outputs and outcomes of the programme, as well as identifying what the enablers and challenges were that tipped experiences one way or the other. The evaluation covered the experiences of trainees, those taking up placements, the companies who offer and host the placements, and the project management team.
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.
Open House Families
Included in Open House's celebration and exploration of all things architectural across London, is their family programme. For 2019 that catered for over 6000 people visiting over 50 events across 15 locations in just two days. The evaluation included analysis of information about families who attend a range of venues, tours and accessible events. New to their programme this year are tours by families, for families; and special events for families of children with special needs, conditions and disabilities. The resulting evaluation report is helping the team report back to funders and partners, as well as learning more about the continual development and improvement of their work. You can read or download the report here .
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.
Manchester Histories Festival
Evaluating the 2016 Manchester Histories Festival, with a particular emphasis on the social impact of their activity, as well as the more usual quantitative demographic and attendance information. Working together with the organisation's director, we agreed on a framework of priority outcomes taken from a range of established meaningful frameworks spanning cultural and social sectors. Sense of place, local pride, learning, increased togetherness and subjective wellbeing were the basis for our exploration. Process evaluation of the festival partnerships and volunteers programme was also included. The evaluation framework and plan covered a wide partnership and programme and relied on the goodwill and contributions from over 200 festival partners, event organisers and volunteers.
Image: Liz Ackerley
Manchester International Festival
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.
The Forgotten Showman: National Science & Media Museum
Robert Paul, The Forgotten Showman explores the little known history of this Victorian film pioneer. After a period of transition to bring the museum's science connections to the fore, this exhibition is the first foray back into the museum's collection and DNA as a home to the evolution of media. The evaluation identified whether the museum's new approaches to interpretation are had the desired affect; if key messages about Robert Paul's contribution to film-making were being absorbed; whether content about Bradford's status as the first UNESCO city of film is evident; what works or doesn't work about the exhibition design, layout and interpretation, and in what ways the two target audiences respond to the exhibition.
Wonder Materials: Museum of Science & Industry
Providing holistic overarching evaluation of the museum's new, first internally curated touring exhibition and the public programme around it. The focus was to identify how successfully they communicated a complicated, abstract concept about an invisible subject, creatively, informatively and inspiringly to a range of visitors; and what they needed to learn from this experience for future internally curated touring shows. The evaluation explores the processes and outcomes, breadth and depth of experiences from young and older adults, school groups, families, the design, layout and content of the exhibition.
Wonderlab: National Science & Media Museum
The museum launched its first fully interactive exhibition exploring light and sound, as part of a remit to explore science, technology and media. The evaluation brief was to explore how well Wonderlab achieves learning and engagement particularly in children and young people - i.e. families and Key 2 / Key Stage 3 pupils; and working with the Explainers on the gallery floor to understand what it takes to staff and support visitors in a fully hands-on exhibition environment. The results have helped the development of other exhibitions at the museum, and across the wider Science Museum group.
Wasted - The Trouble with Rubbish: Museum of Science & Industry
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 appealing to families and school groups. The exhibition challenged preconceptions of waste disposal mechanisms and relayed key messages about environmental choices.