Monday, 4 February 2019

Why choose The Evaluator?

We make all our clients infographics of their full evaluation, so you can see what they achieve at a glance. We made one for us too!

Wednesday, 23 January 2019

The Evaluator working with Pendle Hill Landscape Partnership...

The Evaluator is delighted to announce another new client; The Pendle Hill Landscape Partnership.

Working together with their volunteer programme and their forest school programme, Little Saplings, The Evaluator is capturing key demographics and understanding what motivates those taking part. As always, this is an evaluation designed to understand what the project staff want to know and to work with them - never forcing ideas onto them.

Pendle Hill itself also happens to be a truly beautiful place, made famous around the world as the home of the Pendle Witches. Here are a couple of images of the windswept winter summit, taken in January 2019 by our director, Kirsty Rose Parker.

More about the Pendle Hill Landscape Partnership can be found here; and a summary is below.

Pendle Hill Landscape Partnership Scheme is an ambitious four year programme of activity based around the heritage and landscape of Pendle Hill, led by the Forest of Bowland AONB and supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.
The scheme has five aims:

We will restore, enhance and conserve the heritage and landscape of Pendle Hill
We will re-connect people with the landscape
We will re-connect people and the past
We will bring together the two sides of the hill
We will create a sustainable future for the environment, heritage and for visitors’ experience of Pendle Hill

The scheme will provide opportunities for training and volunteering; restore important landscape features; support research and develop innovative interpretation to inspire a new generation about heritage – all underpinned with the engagement of more people, and a wider range of communities.

The scheme is delivered through 12 projects, many also involving a ‘Gathering’ that comprise a strong element of creative arts, bringing people together from both sides of the hill, building cohesion and creating shared points of view. In addition three threads of activity – volunteering, outdoor learning, and interpretation – draw together the projects and support high quality engagement.

Wednesday, 9 January 2019

The Evaluator working with More Than A Face

One of our longest partnerships is with the Charity, More Than A Face.

This charity aims to educate young people on facial disfigurement and encourage them to see people for who they are and not just what they look like. The Evaluator is working with MTAF to help them measure the impact of their schools programme, and to provide headline figures as to why this education role is needed.

You can find out more about the charity and see The Evaluator analytics at their website here...

Sunday, 30 December 2018

2018 Clients

What a year it's been! Many thanks to all our clients, we absolutely look forward to working together again in 2019.

Sunday, 25 November 2018

Feedback in general

Who doesn't love to get nice feedback? Well here at The Evaluator we love it when people talk to us about our work. So much so, that we are looking at doing our own internal evaluation soon and we will share that here.

So much of our time is spent asking other people what they think we often overlook our own comments.

This is what our latest client had to say about our latest finished project...

Isn't that lovely? We created a theory of change for her in this case and it was a plea for help. They were doing some exciting new work but needed help to articulate it. They needed to explain their project in a more strategic manner and did not have the time or ‘head-space’ to achieve this. We always tell people that ‘a good consultant should make your life easier not harder’.

In other words feel free to ask us anything!

Friday, 2 November 2018

Feedback should be fun

The Evaluator is currently working on a project which is celebrating 100 years of the suffragettes winning the right for women to vote. The project is being run by Ludus Dance and is using movement and dance to explore the stories of Mill Girls and Militants. You can see a taster of the performance on YouTube here

Here at The Evaluator, we like to work with projects to make sure feedback is not only incredibly easy to collect for projects and staff, but does not detract from the project; we aim to enhance the project now and provide information which improves projects in the future.

Inspired by the iconic images of the suffragettes campaigning; shown above, we designed an homage to that and a simple way to ask the performance audience some questions. 

This performance is funded by the heritage lottery fund, and we wanted to know if it was important to talk about this, whether the performance would inspire women to use their vote today, and whether people felt proud of the suffragettes struggle a whole century later. Finally we dared to ask if we have achieved equality. 

We had a great team of volunteers who didn't mind wearing signs and hanging around outside in the freezing cold. Each person had one question on the front and another on the back. 

People who watched the performance were asked to stamp a vote as an answer. They loved it! It was a fun addition to the performance and a lovely way to get people chatting. People told us all evaluation should be done this way. 

Super simple, good fun and a way to get people to answer questions that do well with a gut answer. 100% said yes they will use their vote today by the way - in fact they stamped this quite forcefully to illustrate how passionately they felt about this issue, but the answer to have we achieved equality was a bit more mixed. 

And now we have a motto to work with! It's a bit cheesy, but it's so true. 

Friday, 28 September 2018

The Evaluator working with Ludus Dance

The Evaluator has won another new contract and is delighted to be working with Ludus Dance.

Ludus Dance provides a wide range of opportunities including a studio programme of dance classes in Lancaster with something for everyone. In addition, we deliver bespoke creative projects in communities and schools with our professional team. We provide new experiences for developing North West based dance artists and audiences.

The Ludus Dance inclusive approach is recognised and valued in the dance industry, amongst our partners, in the education sector, and in the local and wider communities where we work.

We prioritise hard to reach people and places, placing excellence, engagement and learning at the heart of our work. We champion work with and for young people and proactively contribute to the development of a thriving dance ecology across Lancashire and the North West by providing progression routes in dance, the arts and cultural activity. You can find out more about Ludus Dance here

The Evaluator is working with Ludus Dance on a specific project all around the centenary of women's suffrage. Mill Girls and Militants is a Heritage Lottery Funded project celebrating and exploring the lives of three prominent suffragettes across three Lancashire towns, culminating in a mass physical performance.

The Evaluator is designing experimental methods of capturing data which 'fit' the project; for example, why not ask people to vote on their answers to some core questions, inspired by these two images...

As always The Evaluator likes to create new materials, which are authentic, and fit the project. As Creative Evaluation Experts... it's what we do. And, if you want to know more, please feel free to contact us on 07837 896 698 or at