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Why evaluate?

If you’re running an arts and health project and you’re not evaluating it in some way, the risk is that you are pouring time, effort and money into something which simply does not work or which could work better. Why would you not want to evaluate?

Commissioners are increasingly asking practitioners for clear evidence that their projects have an impact.  An evaluation can provide evidence supporting the resources spent on a project, but a robust evaluation framework embedded from the very beginning of a project can be even more valuable and achieve much more.

Advocate for your project

Meaningful, credible evaluation can:

  • Provide evidence of the impact of your project and give you a tool to communicate this
  • Improve the credibility of your project in the eyes of a range of people, including volunteers, participants and project stakeholders
  • Justify project expenditure and demonstrate value for money

Understand your project

Starting the evaluation process at the early planning stages, with aims-setting and consultation, means you can:

  • Better understand your participants and their needs
  • Explore the priorities of your stakeholders
  • Identify opportunities and challenges from the outset
  • Set clear and measurable aims that reflect all of the above

Improve your practice

Robust evaluation supports better practice by:

  • Giving you a better understanding of how your project works
  • Identifying learning and recommendations for the future
  • Giving participants a voice in shaping a project's development

“It has given us a sense of stability and confidence. I feel we’re more aware of our potential for development, and even in a position to help others develop...”

Lucy Barfoot
Light Box