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5 Tools and Resources to help you with Evaluation

September 6th, 2019|Comments Off on 5 Tools and Resources to help you with Evaluation

The National Lottery Community Fund launched a new index tool signposting organisations to a range of existing outcomes frameworks offered by some of the leading impact measurement experts.  

This open resource for the sector is extremely welcome and is a helpful reminder (especially for small to medium sized organisations) for two reasons. First, there is help and support out there and some of it is free! Second, a wealth of data already exists for you to use, and that means less pressure on your own data collection activities.  

Having supported many organisations on evaluation, from developing outcome frameworks, collecting data on the ground and reporting findings, ArtReach has an insight into the challenges faced by organisations when getting started. 

We delved right into the Community Fund’s free resource, clicked all the links and read the guidance. 

Below are five featured Tools and Resources that might help you on your evaluation journey.   

  1. Big Society Capital’s Outcomes Matrix – if you need inspiration for the outcomes you want to achieve, then use this tool as a starting point. The Matrix groups together different outcome areas for a range of programmes, from arts and heritage to homelessness and the environment, and for communities, individuals and organisations. We use the tool to kick start discussions with clients when preparing evaluation frameworks and fundraising bids. Read more 
  2. Inspiring Impact Data Diagnostic Inspiring Impact is an online resource hosting self-assessment tools and peer learning networks for your evaluation needs. It has developed a useful self-assessment tool that asks 10 simple questions about the projects you seek to evaluate; who accesses your support; and how you engage with them. Once completed, you receive a report listing recommended data collections tools to use (such as online surveys, focus groups, etc), which are tailored in line with your answers.  Read more
  3. Measuring wellbeing – with some of the key arts and heritage funders, such as the National Lottery Heritage Fund, placing greater emphasis on wellbeing outcomes, it is useful to know what things you can measure to evidence your impact and the data that already exists. What Works Wellbeing recently published an evidence review on heritage and wellbeing and it is a useful guide to understand the impacts on physical, mental and social wellbeing of individuals and communities. Read more
  4. Thriving Places Index – what is great about this resource is the way it presents complex data around sustainability, local conditions and equality in your local authority area into a simple ‘scorecard’. For many, it might just be a fascinating insight into the ‘big data’ that sits behind it, but it is useful to compare different local authority areas and understand some of the broader issues facing your local community that need to be addressed. Read more
  5. New Philanthropy Capital’s guide to creating a theory of change – for those looking for a holistic approach to measurement and evaluation, NPC’s ‘four pillar approach’ provides a step-by-step guide to take you through the process. Using a theory of change can be helpful for all areas of your work from strategy, programme planning and even fundraising.  Read more

For support measuring impact and evaluating programmes, ArtReach offers 1-2-1 consultancy support and even covers some of the tools in its fundraising and evaluation workshops. 

For questions or thoughts, get in touch by email or call 0116 261 6882.

Journeys Community Film Programmer (Paid Development Opportunity)

August 7th, 2019|Comments Off on Journeys Community Film Programmer (Paid Development Opportunity)

Journeys Community Film Programmer (Paid Development Opportunity)
September 2019 – March 2020

ArtReach is a dynamic cultural development agency that helps support and drive high-quality arts and heritage initiatives. ArtReach produces Journeys Festival International which explores refugee experiences through great art.

We are seeking a Community Film Programmer to join our team on a development contract, to work on our new community film programme, running from September 2019 – March 2020 in Manchester.

This pilot project aims to address under-representation of people from Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic and Refugee backgrounds working in the arts and film industries. We encourage and welcome applications from people who have lived experience of forced migration or the asylum process who are now settled and have the right to work in the UK to join our team to develop and deliver this exciting project.

The role will be offered as a development opportunity for the right candidate to gain experience of working in an arts organisation, developing film programmes and working in community settings. ArtReach will provide support for the role through a close working and mentoring relationship with the Producer and Assistant Producer based in Manchester. Through the project, we will look at opportunities for the legacy of the role and connections
with other organisations in the industry.

Is it for me?

We are looking for applicants who:

  • Are passionate about film and the arts.
  • Have some experience (however small) of initiating or managing film, arts or other cultural activity.
  • Aspire to become a leader in the film, art or cultural sector.
  • Have personal experience of, or a strong understanding of the issues facing people who have experienced, forced migration and seeking asylum in the UK.
  • Live in the Manchester area.

Why should I apply?

Participants will have the opportunity to:

  • Gain work experience in the arts/film/cultural sector.
  • Develop production and project management skills through working with an ArtReach mentor.
  • Develop connections with a range of Manchester’s community groups and cultural organisations.
  • Contribute to an exciting programme of film that will engage and entertain audiences across Manchester.
  • Be paid at £9 per hour for 30 days spread over the period from September 2019 to March 2020.

To apply, please fill out this short online form ensuring you answer all the questions. Apply here

The deadline for applications is 12 noon on Friday 6 September and interviews will be held in Manchester on Friday 13 September.
If you have any queries once you’ve read this info please e-mail dan@artreach.biz. If you would like to talk to someone about this opportunity please email the same address to organise a time for a phone call.

Hounslow Heritage Community Consultation – Share your thoughts!

August 2nd, 2019|Comments Off on Hounslow Heritage Community Consultation – Share your thoughts!

Night of Festivals Hounslow 2019 was a tremendous success for celebrating local heritage and people’s wellbeing on the weekend of 15 and 16 June. Thought-provoking conversation were had with members of the diverse local community. However ArtReach, the producers of Night of Festivals Hounslow, are now continuing to ask the community their thoughts on the local heritage of this culturally diverse urban borough of London.

Night of Festivals Hounslow has often celebrated local heritage with this year’s focus on migration to Hounslow from 1965-1975, which resulted in a colourful and informative heritage comic from pupils at Beaver Community Primary School featuring the stories of immigration. You can view a copy of this wonderful creation here: Comic

Now ArtReach looks to the present to understand what today’s Hounslow community thinks about heritage, what people find interesting and how local organisations can better celebrate and explore this heritage in an exciting and meaningful way.

Following consultations on Saturday 3 August and Sunday 11 August in Hounslow Treaty Centre, the results will be shared with Hounslow organisations.

To contribute your valuable thoughts on heritage, please fill out this quick survey here and be in with a chance of winning in a £50 prize draw.

Grow Festival to illuminate Corby in 2020

July 29th, 2019|Comments Off on Grow Festival to illuminate Corby in 2020

Grow Festival returns for its final instalment on Friday 7 and Saturday 8 February 2020, lighting up Corby town centre with spectacular performances and intriguing installations. 

For the third Grow FestivalMade in Corby and The Core at Corby Cube are delighted to join forces with ArtReach to incorporate the highly-successful Corby Mardi Gras event into the festival. 

Once again, Grow will fill Corby town centre with an exciting range of performances, activities and experiences. Continuing to look at the essential ingredients for growth, in 2020 the festival will explore light in its many illuminating forms.

The second Grow Festival, themed around food, attracted thousands of people, who didn’t let the rain dampen their spirits, to enjoy street performers, pop-up shows, music, interactive installations and local artists in the town centre and a giant Community Feast in Coronation Park. The feast saw hundreds of diners brave the elements to tuck into a delicious three course meal created by three talented local chefs and made with produce from local growing projects and rescued food supplied by Fruitful Abundance.

Helen Willmott, Director of Made in Corby, commented: “After a successful second festival, we are excited to be bringing the Grow Festival back in 2020. Working with ArtReach, The Core at Corby Cube and their Youth Advisory Panel, we’ve already started creating a spectacular programme that will put Corby on the cultural map.”

Joe Flavin, Director of The Core at Corby Cube, added: “It was great to see so many people having fun and enjoying themselves at our second Grow Festival, and we’re particularly grateful to the huge numbers of volunteers without whose help we couldn’t have achieved such a fantastic event. I’m now really excited for what’s in store for Grow 2020.”

Simon Brown, Director at ArtReach stated:

“We’re thrilled to be joining with Grow Festival. After 3 years of developing the Corby Mardi Gras we are excited to bring some of its special elements to Grow to create an even bigger event.”  

Grow 2019 was the second of a series of three annual outdoor festivals commissioned by Made in Corby and co-produced with The Core at Corby Cube, as part of The Creative People and Places programme funded by Arts Council England through the National Lottery and business sponsors.

Events Manager

July 26th, 2019|Comments Off on Events Manager

Salary £27,000 – £30,000 – Permanent, Full time

ArtReach (www.artreach.biz) is a dynamic cultural development charity that helps support and drive high quality arts and heritage initiatives.

ArtReach is at an exciting point of its development, in its second year as a Band 2 Arts Council England NPO, developing new projects locally, nationally, and internationally and providing strategic consultancy and event management support to a variety of important cultural organisations. 

We are looking for a full-time Event Manager to join our team. The role will focus on the events and festivals where ArtReach is contracted as Event Manager, or has a substantial event management role as part of its artistic delivery.

The role, based in our main office in Leicester, includes assessment of event management needs, planning and liaison with partners and local authorities, development of key event documents (e.g. Event Management Plans, Site Plans, Risk Assessments and Method Statements) and effective and efficient budgetary planning and management.

The Event Manager will also work with the wider team, contributing to the planning and delivery of other ArtReach creative projects. 

We are looking for a highly motivated and ambitious individual, with relevant event management experience, proven skills and commitment, and attention to detail.

Closing date is 5pm on Tuesday 27th August 2019 and interviews will be held in Leicester on Thursday 5th September. The full application pack is available from admin@artreach.biz. If you have any queries once you’ve read the application pack please e-mail admin@artreach.biz. Phone calls only if essential please.

Producer (Leicester)

July 17th, 2019|Comments Off on Producer (Leicester)

Salary £25,000 – Permanent, Full time

ArtReach (www.artreach.biz) is a dynamic cultural development charity that helps support and drive high quality arts and heritage initiatives. 

ArtReach is at an exciting point of its development, in its second year as a Band 2 Arts Council England NPO, developing new projects locally and nationally, and providing strategic consultancy support to a variety of important cultural organisations.  ArtReach has also recently been successful in securing funding for a large-scale Creative Europe project, LIBERTY, this is a major 3-year project with 12 partners across 10 European countries.  

We are looking for a full-time producer to join our team. The role will focus on the delivery of ArtReach’s Night of Festivals (www.nightoffestivals.com) with additional responsibilities across a range of other ArtReach and client projects. 

The role includes fundraising and strategic planning in relation to Night of Festivals, developing artistic ideas and initiatives, delivery and management of outdoor festivals and events, project management, working with partners and funders.

The new Producer will work with the wider team, contributing to the development and delivery of other ArtReach creative projects.  We are looking for a highly motivated and ambitious individual, with proven skills and commitment, attention to detail.

Closing date is 5pm on Tuesday 13th August 2019 and interviews will be held in Leicester on Wednesday 21st August. The full application pack is available from admin@artreach.biz  

If you have any queries once you’ve read the application pack please e-mail admin@artreach.biz. Phone calls only if essential please.