I have researched and written evaluation reports, case studies, service guides and audience surveys for a range of commissioners including the Marches Network, Avoncroft Museum, Wolverhampton Arts & Heritage Service, Birmingham City Council Community Arts Team, JISC and the National Trust.
Evaluation of Open Theatre Company’s energetic and exciting programme of creative film-making led by young people with learning disabilities in four heritage venues around Birmingham and Coventry. Based on the game of Cluedo, itself invented in Brum, each film is a murder mystery where you get to choose the villain! You can you can watch the films on the project website.
Download the report: Whodunnits evaluation report
Evaluation of Birmingham Museums’ Trust’s award-winning three-year project to empower the people of Birmingham to take an active role in developing the Trust’s collection and future exhibitions.
Download the report: Collecting Birmingham Evaluation Report 2018
THE REGENERATION OF STIRCHLEY BATHS AS A COMMUNITY HUB
Evaluation of the 4-year Heritage Lottery Funded programme to restore the historic Stirchley Baths and regenerate it as a Community Hub at the heart of a lively neighbourhood. The project was managed by Birmingham City Council. This evaluation was written at the completion of the capital works, with one more year of the Activity Plan left to run.
Download the report: STIRCHLEY BATHS evaluation FINAL 2017-May-08
CREATIVE BRIDGES: creative work skills training programme for young people with learning disabilities
Evaluation of wellbeing and learning outcomes of a 3-year programme of a creative work skills training programme for young people with learning disabilities (2015-2017) , funded by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation. This report was used to support a successful fund-raising bid to extend programme delivery during 2018-2020.
Download the report: Creative Bridges FINAL report 2017-11-25
IMPACT OF ARTS & REMINISCENCE ON THE WELLBEING OF DEMENTIA PATIENTS IN WYCHAVON CARE HOMES
Evaluation of the contribution of structured Art & Reminiscence activity to the daily life and care of dementia patients in residential homes. This was a pilot programme of workshops commissioned by Wychavon DC and Museums Worcestershire.
Download the report: Arts and Reminiscence in Wychavon Care Homes report 2016-02-15
MEDIEVAL ABBERLEY REVEALED 2014-2015
Evaluation of the HLF-funded Medieval Abberley Revealed community archaeology project which took place over 12 months, and followed the wonderful Abberley Lives village/WI history project of 2012-2013.
Participation levels on this project were really high, with over 13% of the village either volunteering or attending an event. The social and well-being outcomes were very strong – even long-time residents expressed how much they had enjoyed meeting new neighbours and volunteering with friends.
Download the report: Medieval Abberley Revealed evaluation report
MEMORIES IN THE MAKING: evaluating wellbeing
Published in January 2013, this report followed the first year of delivery of Memories in the Making, an programme of arts and reminiscence activity for older people with dementia. The WAVE team and I were keen to capture as many health & wellbeing outcomes as we could. The evaluation framework was based on the research into wellbeing indicators carried out by nef.
Download the report: WAVE_Memories in the Making
DO TRY THIS AT HOME: A challenging assignment!
In 2009, MLA commissioned me to research and write a guide for Home Educators to using museum and archive resources as part of their own learning programmes. The following guide is a result of the wonderful input provided by home learners, museum staff and education providers across the country.
Download the report: Do Try This At Home – MLA Guide for Home Educators
WORLD OF KAYS: final report to funder
The final report and evaluation of World of Kays project for JISC, published in Feb 2012.
Download the report: WORLD OF KAYS_Final Report
EVALUATING SOCIAL OUTCOMES: Can we measure it?
The following are samples of my evaluation research into the social outcomes of creative and heritage activity for Birmingham City Council. I used MLA’s Generic Social and Learning Outcomes frameworks as the basis for the evaluation:
Evaluation case studies for the Artists in Residence scheme, 2010-2011, commissioned by the Community Arts Team, Birmingham City Council:
Artists in Residence_LADYWOOD_Breaking Boundaries
Artists in Residence_PERRY BARR_Fleet Feet
Artists in Residence_NORTHFIELD_Unlocking creativity
Artists in Residence_ERDINGTON_The Secret Life of the Garden
Evaluation case studies and summary report for the Birmingham Cultural Champions scheme, 2010-2011, commissioned by the Community Arts Team, Birmingham City Council:
Brum Cultural Champs_ExecSummary
Brum Cultural Champs_LADYWOOD_We the Constituency
Brum Cultural Champs_HODGE HILL_Sustain or Enable
Brum Cultural Champs_PERRY BARR_Raising the Profile
Brum Cultural Champs_ERDINGTON_Art & Archives