We are frequently asked by funders how engagement can be established and maintained across a cohort, particularly when evaluation is something requested of the organisations involved and not self-initiated. While the answer is partly dependent on context, here is a list of the key things we advise to promote and facilitate engagement throughout the evaluation process.
Culture Counts CEO, Michael Chappell encourages funders to think about the risks to their budgets involved in supporting community and cultural programs and asks, "Do you have hard evidence to show external parties that the work you support is urgent, important and needs to continue?"
The Cultural Citizens Programme introduced 11-14 year olds from disadvantaged backgrounds in the UK to arts and culture in their area. The program helped these young cultural citizens find out what's on offer and aimed to build their confidence to engage with arts on their own terms.