I work with a wide variety of cultural organisations to help them identify, understand and report on their impacts. This can range from devising a simple DIY evaluation framework, through to creating a detailed theory of change model and associated multi method evaluation approach.
I am leading the evaluation of Creative Schools, an ambitious cultural education project in East London. This involves gathering data from cultural organisations, partners, teachers and young people through a variety of methods ranging from e-surveys and creative workshops, to observation and depth interviews.
For the last two years I have evaluated This Way Up, a conference exploring the future of independent film exhibition in the UK.
For Sea Music in Poole I created an evaluation framework and associated bank of questions enabling them to assess the outcomes of their HLF funded conservation and visitor engagement programme.
‘By far my best experience of working with an independent evaluator. Sarah immediately ‘got’ the project (which is priceless) and worked with us to construct an evaluation that really got to the heart of what we wanted to find out. She has it all – a methodical yet creative approach, huge knowledge and experience of the sector, excellent communication and reliability – I can’t recommend Sarah’s work highly enough!’
Alice Quigley, Film Hub South West
‘It’s been a pleasure working closely with Sarah as she has developed the evaluation framework for the Creative Schools programme. From the outset, Sarah has brought significant experience of evaluation methodologies to a complex brief and has built confidence and consensus across a broad partnership of delivery organisations and stakeholders with a responsive approach and deep understanding of the programme.
‘Through the development of a robust evidence base, Sarah’s work has contributed indispensable insights into to the impacts of the Creative Schools programme, supporting leadership to engage new partners, plan future provision, and respond to emerging needs.’
Victoria Patrick, Barbican Creative Learning