Our learning

From Small Shifts to Profound Changes

There are a range of approaches to working with artists across the 21 CPP Places and CPP network commissioned this research in order to understand the wider impact that the programme is having on artistic practice and the cultural sector. The research is more widely relevant to anyone involved in commissioning artists to collaborate with communities.

 

It uses Creative People and Places practice as the starting point but pulls out transferable learning about what works when commissioning socially engaged art - for artists, for commissioners and for communities. 

 

Our learning

Audience Profiling and Mapping Year 4

These Audience Agency reports analyse the audiences we reached in year 4 of the programme (January to December 2017).

 

Audience postcode data is analysed using Mosaic profiling, Audience Spectrum profiling and profiling by social grade.

 

Across all CPP projects in 2017:

  • 52% of participants belonged to one of the lower engaged Audience Spectrum segments
  • 34% one of the medium engaged segments
  • 14% one of the higher engaged segment

 

Our learning

"It’s not somebody coming in to tell us we’re so uneducated we need to draw pictures”

Mapping and analysis of engagement approaches across the Creative People and Places programme by Sarah Boiling and Clare Thurman

 

Audience engagement is at the heart of the CPP programme, and this research aims to:

 

  • map and analyse the range of different approaches to engage new audiences that are being used across the network
  • identify the success factors and challenges of these approaches
  • share the learning and insights gained by CPP Places to support audience engagement

 

Our learning

Shared Decision-Making Toolkit

This practical resource shares examples, tips and tools drawn from Creative People and Places, showing how projects have involved local people in project-level decision-making.

 

It presents a range of approaches and learning that we hope will help inform thinking in the wider cultural sector. Woven throughout the resource are questions and quotes drawn from Chrissie Tiller’s Power Up, posed as thinking points.

 

Our learning

Power Up

This think-piece by Chrissie Tiller unearths and explores some of the complexities and challenges of sharing power, drawing on thinking from CPP directors, community managers and other team members, artists and project critical friends. 

Our learning

Audience Profiling and Mapping 2014-2016

This report describes who the Creative People and Places programme reached in its first three years – 2014, 2015 and 2016.   Across the CPP programme, 91% of participants belonged to one of the medium or lower engaged Audience Spectrum segments, compared with 77% of the English population. This over-representation was largely down to strong over-representation of the lower engaged segments, which accounted for 48% of participants and 36% of the population.

Our learning

Year 3 Ecorys Report: Impact, Outcomes and the Future at the End of Year 3

This Ecorys report covers impact and outcomes for the third year of the CPP programme.

 

Ecorys, a research agency, was commissioned to create the overarching evaluation (the meta-evaluation) for the first three years of the national programme.

 

The report covers January 2016 to December 2016 and is based on a review of monitoring data, interviews with programme directors and national stakeholders, and a review of local project evaluations.

 

The documents below include a stand-alone Executive Summary and a complete copy of the report.

Our learning

Evaluation in Participatory Arts Programmes

This document brings together 18 examples of evaluation tools, methods and approaches, including creative evaluation, from across the Creative People and Places programme. 

 

It will be of interest to artists and arts organisations planning evaluations, particularly participatory projects in community contexts.

 

Our learning

Audience Profiling and Mapping Year 3

These Audience Agency reports analyse the audiences we reached in year 3 of the programme (January to December 2016).

Audience postcode data is analysed using Mosaic profiling, Audience Spectrum profiling and profiling by social grade.

Across all CPP projects in 2016:

Our learning

Building Partnerships Beyond the Arts: three case studies

These case studies by Ecorys explore how Transported in Boston and South Holland, Heart of Glass in St Helens and East Durham Creates are developing collaborations with a range of partners outside the arts. Ecorys is producing a number of case studies as part of the national evaluation of Creative People and Places.

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