Research & evaluation
I undertake a variety of research and evaluation commissions that help clients to identify who they are reaching; understand the difference they are making with their work; and improve and develop their approach. A strong theme in my research and evaluation practice is working alongside clients and participants to co-create evaluation activities that tell a rich and meaningful story of a project. Evaluations can range from simple DIY evaluation plans and surveys to a detailed story of change and associated multi method evaluation approach.
Some recent projects include:
With colleagues Amanda Smethurst and Anousheh Haghdadi from Beatfreeks. I am evaluating Creative Civic Change, an ambitious three year programme led by Local Trust that is funding communities in fifteen neighbourhoods in England to use arts and creativity to drive positive social change.
For the Circulate consortium I am working on a long term exploration of how audiences develop a critical understanding of outdoor arts, and what organisations can do to support this greater engagement. The research includes focus group discussions, on site-mini interviews and feedback surveys.
For the national Creative People and Places (CPP) programme, Clare Thurman and I mapped and analysed approaches to audience engagement across the Places. Our research report is here.