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Evaluation Principles In Practice: Workshop Series

Banner image with white shapes on blue background reading: "Evaluation Principles In Practice Workshops: 30 September / 26 October / 1 December 2022"
Date: 30 September 2022 to 1 December 2022
Time: 14:00 to 16:30
Cost: Free
Location: Online
Banner image with white shapes on blue background reading: "Evaluation Principles In Practice Workshops: 30 September / 26 October / 1 December 2022"

Join us as we explore the very real
challenges of carrying out evaluation.

Book: Workshop 1                                             Book: Workshop 2                                    Book: Workshop 3

Last year, we co-developed a set of Evaluation Principles for meaningful evaluation of cultural experiences. They promote evaluation as a means of structured learning, to help us develop our impact, value, resources, knowledge and capacity.  

However, we recognise that following the principles in practice is easier said than done. Therefore, we’ve developed this programme of workshops to explore together the very real challenges of applying the principles when carrying out evaluation. 

We will hold three stand-alone workshops during Autumn 2022, each with a focus on a specific Evaluation Principle or topic.

1. Principles in Practice: Committed to Learning and/or Change – Friday 30 September 2022 2.00 – 4.30pm 

How do we make sure that evaluation makes an impact on our future work? How do we design evaluation for learning and not just reporting? How do we learn as whole organisations? How can we communicate learning to stakeholders in compelling and action-orientated ways? How can we use learning to drive real change? 

Book: Workshop 1

2. Principles in Practice: Listening to Many Voices – Wednesday 26 October 2022, 2.00 – 4.30pm 

How can we listen to all stakeholders when they don’t talk the same language, nor want the same things? How do we deal with conflicting messages – and indeed conflict in general? How can we hear the signal in the noise? How can we make the evaluation processes and outputs more representative and inclusive of the diverse communities involved in our work? 

Book: Workshop 2

3. Principles in Practice: Taking a Creative Approach – Thursday 1 December, 2.00 – 4.30pm  

When are the tried and tested research methods not right or not enough? What creative methods are available? How do we know they are robust, and how do we articulate and communicate this to others? 

Book: Workshop 3

Who are these workshops for?

  • Cultural practitioners looking to improve their evaluation practice
  • Cultural practitioners who are new to evaluation and want to learn more 
  • Cultural evaluation specialists, researchers and funders looking to deepen their knowledge and understanding of how we might embed these principles in practice. 

Each workshop will include practitioners sharing examples of their own practice before exploring questions and challenges through a short Q&A session and in small breakout groups. Please come ready to participate and share your experiences with others whether that be through verbal contributions or the online chat. 

Each workshop is designed as a standalone with a focus in on a specific Evaluation principle or topic, so you are welcome to attend whichever workshop is most useful to you. However, you are also welcome to join us for all three workshops.

Watch this video about the co-creation of the Evaluation Principles:


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