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An introduction to evaluation, data analysis and report writing

Wednesday 4 May and Wednesday 11 May 2022

11:00am - 1:00pm

Online via Zoom

£25 – Individuals/freelancers; £35 – Organisations with a turnover of less than £100k; £45 – Organisations with a turnover of  more than £100k *

Course leader: Abigail D’Amore

Evaluation is important, not only for writing reports for funders and stakeholders, but for helping us to understand whether our work is having an impact, and how it could be improved.

This series of sessions will provide an introduction to the basics of evaluating music and arts projects or programmes.

In these sessions you will:

  • Learn about ethics, consent, GDPR and embedding social justice principles into evaluation,
  • Explore how to create a Theory of Change and an evaluation framework
  • Learn about data collection methods, framing questions and active listening particularly when working with children and young people in challenging circumstances
  • Understand the basics of data analysis including coding and using pivot tables with quantitative and qualitative data
  • Consider how to get started with translating data into a report structure

Who is it for?

These sessions are designed for organisations and individuals who are just starting out with evaluation, data analysis and report writing, or who want a refresh of ideas. For example:

  • Project managers in music/arts
  • Community music and arts organisation staff
  • Music Education Hub staff and leaders
  • Workshop leaders/Animateurs
  • Early years music practitioners

What will you get out of the session?

  • Knowledge, skills and understanding of evaluation
  • Opportunity to gain feedback on your ideas for evaluation
  • Evaluation toolkit to take away

Please note, having access to spreadsheet software (MS Excel, Numbers, Google Sheets etc) is desirable.


We actively encourage teams from organisations to attend our training courses, to facilitate ongoing discussion and change in your workplace. Group discounts are available for organisations sending groups of 3 or more colleagues. Please contact for information.

*We have a number of bursary places available on our training programme for individuals who have lost income as a result of the pandemic or other circumstances. Please email   with a request for a training bursary.

Abigail D’Amore

Abigail D’Amore is a UK-based independent music education consultant with particular expertise in informal pedagogies and youth voice. She is Associate workforce development manager for Sound Connections; running a varied programme of professional development events and initiatives for individuals and organisations working with children and young people through music, often in challenging circumstances. She trained as a research officer at the University College London Institute of Education and co-lead the pathfinder project in informal pedagogies of the radical Musical Futures initiative. Current and past evaluation clients include: Wigmore Hall, Voices Foundation, ArtsLink City of London Sinfonia, BTS Spark / Arts Council England; Kent Music; Rochdale Music Service; Friday Afternoons and Institute of Education. She is a primary school Governor, and a trustee of the Young Voices Foundation.

Publications include: “Challenging Symbolic Violence and Hegemony in Music Education through Contemporary Pedagogical Approaches’ (with Gareth Dylan Smith and Bryan Powell). Education 3-13 Journal (2017); “Aspiring to Music Making as Leisure through the Musical Futures Classroom.” (with Gareth Dylan Smith) In R. Mantie and G.D. Smith (EDs.) The Oxford Handbook of Music Making and Leisure. New York: Oxford University Press (2016) and “Popular Music is Not the Answer” (Forthcoming).



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