Reflecting Value is a podcast where we ask big questions about cultural value in a reflective space.
Check out our brand new season, Evaluation Principles in Practice.
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Whose Future – Rising Arts Agency. Photo: Shamphat
What is Reflecting Value?
Our podcast series Reflecting Value shares the successes and challenges of communicating cultural value, bringing together a range of thought-provoking contributors for discussion and reflection.
Each season focuses on a different strand of our work and research. You can find every episode of the podcast, including our new season Evaluation Principles in Practice, below.
Announcing Season 3
It’s been two years since we launched our co-created Evaluation Principles – so we wanted to check in.
The third season of our podcast, Reflecting Value: Evaluation Principles in Practice, features three new episodes exploring the ways cultural sector professionals have applied the Evaluation Principles.
We discuss how the Principles can be used across the cultural sector in practical and beneficial ways. We also talk to our guests about the challenges of evaluation.
Season 3 – Evaluation Principles in Practice
In the cultural sector, it’s often difficult to find space for evaluation.
Finding the time to plan a successful evaluation can be challenging. And sometimes, we lack the resources and learning tools to really make an effective difference to our work.
How do we make evaluation meaningful? How can we identify the right questions to ask, and the most crucial information to capture? How can we give the people who feed into our evaluations valuable experiences – and the space to express themselves?
In our third season of Reflecting Value, we explore these questions. We take a look at our co-created Evaluation Principles, and use them to think about areas of evaluation that can be elusive and hard to implement.
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This episode explores the ‘proportionality’ principle and how we can understand our limits as evaluators.
Build your evaluation skills
Interested in learning more about evaluation and how you can use the Evaluation Principles in your work?
Together with the University of Leeds, we are launching a new, free-to-access online course: Evaluation for Arts, Culture and Heritage: Principles and Practice.
This self-guided course offers the opportunity to hear from experts, develop new approaches and build your evaluation skills and confidence. Find out more about the course, launching in September 2023, below.
Photo Credit: Students in Waterside Cafe (by Susannah Ireland)
Season 2 (2022)
In the second season of Reflecting Value, we talked to people working at the intersections of cultural participation – including researchers, practitioners, cultural curators and participants.
Our host Robyn Dowlen talked to our guests about how far the cultural sector has come in its work around participation – and how far it still has to go.
Season 1 (2021)
In the first season of Reflecting Value, we explored themes that emerged from our research into culture, health and wellbeing.
Across four episodes, we discussed how the cultural sector identifies and conveys its value to the health and social care sector.