Evaluation is an important part of developing and running an engagement activity, but needn’t be something to be afraid of. As well as offering evaluation training, we have written a guide on evaluating your public engagement activity, and you can also find some really useful information on how others have evaluated their projects in our case studies section.
Below we have listed some external examples of evaluation.
Active Learning for Active Citizenship
- The evaluation of Active Learning for Active Citizenship (2006), a programme funded by the Civil Renewal Unit as part of the Together We Can action plan adopted a participative approach to evaluation. Lessons learnt over the course of the programme were used to inform policymaking. This continuing process of evaluation, in which participants were able to critically reflect upon experiences together, through a series of visits, workshops, seminars and conferences, became in itself a valuable part of the learning. ALAC participants actively contributed to the final evaluation workshop. The penultimate section of this report uses case studies to illustrate a range of evaluation issues, and a detailed evaluation framework is given in Appendix 2.
- Making it Live: An evaluation of Pulse (phase 1) Executive Summary
- The evaluation of Pulse sought to identify the effectiveness of the Wellcome Trust's funding initiative in supporting high-quality performing arts and science provision with young people. In 2003-04, 23 funded performing arts projects exploring the impact of biomedical science in the 21st century were carried out with young people in both formal and informal educational settings. Projects exhibited a variety of aims and objectives; performing art forms; models of practice and scientific subject matter. Young people were engaged inPulse in a variety of roles, including as performers, researchers, consultants, writers and audience members. The report includes indicators of good practice and a list of key recommendations.
Museums and Galleries Strategic Commissioning Programme 2006/7 Evaluation Report (August 2007)
- The Museum and Gallery Strategic Commissioning Programme Evaluation Report is based upon a national development programme funded by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and the Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF) and delivered through the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council (MLA Partnership) and Arts Council England (ACE). From September 2006 to July 2007, external evaluators Hayton Associates used a combination of questionnaires, interviews, visits and desk research to gather quantitative and qualitative data about Strategic Commissioning activity during its third year. This report is a summary of the findings of that evaluation. It focuses on the outcomes for participants, supported by 13 illustrative case studies.
Naked Science. Evaluation of 18 months of contemporary science dialogue events
- Published by the Science Museum Visitor Research Group (2004), this evaluation reports on an 18-month long pilot series of adults-only science dialogue events known as Naked Science. Financed by the Wellcome Trust, the goal of Naked Science was to inform the development of the Science Museum's new events space, the Dana Centre. Both initiatives have a target audience of independent adults aged 18 - 45. This audience has been the subject of extensive research through focus groups, interviews and questionnaires looking at the audience's attitudes, preconceptions, motivations and barriers to engagement in contemporary science dialogue. All 16 events have been individually evaluated as part of an iterative process enabling the series to develop through an increasing understanding of the audience and events over the 18-month period. TheNaked Science series is committed to the use of innovative techniques for both evaluation and delivery of its events.