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We help the cultural sector develop skills and rigour in evaluation and critical reflection so they can better capture the difference their work makes to people and communities.


Dance On. Yorkshire Dance. Photo: Sara Teresa
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Who Are Ya? Tate Exchange. Dan Weill Photography


We work with the cultural sector and funders to support skills development in evaluation and critical reflection, and to promote the value of adopting a more purposeful and proportional approach to evaluation.

We are co-developing a set of cultural evaluation principles that can be adopted across the cultural sector.

We are also developing a mass online open course (MOOC) for 2023 that will offer free professional development and learning in cultural evaluation.

Cultural evaluation principles

We are working with cultural sector practitioners and researchers to co-develop and test a set of rigorous and workable principles for evaluation that can be used across and beyond the cultural sector.

The principles are being developed with a working group that we have convened, drawing on a wide range of expertise and skills, and via consultation events.

You will have a chance to feed in and refine the principles via a collaboratively edited Wiki.

Alongside the principles, we will produce a set of supporting resources to help people develop skills and knowledge in evaluation practices. We expect the principles to be complete by late 2021.

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Festival of the Moon – Urban Astronaut, Wakefield Council. Photo: Andrew Benge
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Wonderlab at National Science and Media Museum in Bradford. Photo: Lee Mawdsley

Making data work

We’re leading a project called ‘Making data work for public sector policy’ funded by the Economic and Social Research Council.

It brings together cultural sector partners, data specialists and policy makers to explore how better data can lead to better policy.

As part of this project, we’re building on the development of our cultural evaluation principles, to create a cultural evaluation framework that will combine qualitative and quantitative methods. The evaluation framework will be people and place-centred with the ultimate aim that the learning and insights generated will lead to policymaking that is more responsive to people and places.

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