ArtReach’s professional development workshop in March is for those taking first steps in developing their organisation’s programme and organisational evaluation frameworks.

The course will look at some of the fantastic evaluation resources available to arts and heritage organisations – many offered by some of the leading impact measurement experts in the not-for-profit sector.

Such open resources for the arts and heritage sector are extremely useful, and they are a helpful reminder (especially for small to medium sized organisations) for two reasons: First, that there is help and support out there and some of it is available at little or no cost, and second that a wealth of impact data already exists for you to use in evaluations, which 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 a variety of organisations. Our new professional development course on evaluation has been designed with small to medium programmes and organisations in mind and aims to confront the challenges that many face in getting started and achieving buy-in from your team.                                                                                                     

Below, we have outlined 5 go-to-resources that we will look into to help you on your evaluation journey: 

1) Good Finance Outcomes Matrix – We use this tool to kick-start discussions with clients when preparing evaluation frameworks and fundraising bids. If you need inspiration for the outcomes you want to achieve, then use this tool as a starting point. Read more

2) Inspiring Impact Data Diagnostic – Hosting self-assessment tools and peer learning networks for your evaluation needs, Inspiring Impact 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 collection tools to use. Read more

3) Measuring wellbeing – Key arts and heritage funders, such as the National Lottery Heritage Fund, are more and more placing greater emphasis on wellbeing outcomes, so it is useful to know what things you can measure to evidence your impact and the data that already exists. What Works Wellbeing published an evidence review on heritage and wellbeing, which is a useful guide to understand the impacts on physical, mental and social wellbeing of individuals and communities. Read more

4) Thriving Places Index – This resource 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

Join us at our professional development course to delve deeper into these resources and to make a practical start on your story of change and impact.

Book here for the development training session on 10th March

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