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How to evaluate your impact

How to evaluate your impact

November 2020

We are planning on running this course during the Autumn term. Please register your interest in the course here.

Jennifer Raven and Abi D’Amore

£30 Freelancer/individual; £50 organisations with an annual turnover of less than £250k; £80 organisations with an annual turnover of more than £250k


If you are running music projects/programmes with children and young people and want to better understand the impact of your work, this workshop aims to demystify the basics of impact evaluation. We will cover:

  • Why evaluate?
  • Theory of Change and Outcomes frameworks
  • Planning and designing tools for collecting data
  • Good practice with evaluation implementation
  • Basics of analysing data
  • Constructing your report

The course will be interactive and task-based, so please bring a laptop (if you have one) for a practical activity.


Who is it for?

Organisations and individuals starting out with impact measurement or who want to refresh their knowledge of impact measurement:

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

Whatever your level of knowledge and understanding we will aim to tailor the content to meet your needs.


What will you get out of the session?

  • Knowledge, skills and understanding of how to evaluate music projects
  • Opportunity to share ideas and get feedback on your own project/organisation evaluation
  • Templates and tools for evaluation planning


Tea and coffee will be provided but please bring your own lunch. Sound Connections training courses are subsidised by funding from Youth Music and the Rachel Baker Charitable Trust.



Jennifer Raven

Jennifer Raven is Deputy Director of Sound Connections, where she has worked since 2014. One of Jenn’s main roles is leading the Sound Connections consultancy service with a focus on evaluation, research and youth voice. Most recently she has evaluated BSO Change Makers, Live Music Now, the National Open Youth Orchestra and NYMAZ (North Yorkshire Music Action Zone). In October 2019 she is excited to be travelling to Lebanon and Jordan to evaluate Action for Hope’s music programme for refugees – her first international evaluation project!

Before joining Sound Connections, Jenn worked within the music team at schools network Ark. In 2009 she co-founded Fairbeats – a charity with a focus on music-making for young refugees and new migrants – where she is now a Director. Jennifer is also a flute player and a Trustee of the South East London Orchestra where her role focuses on Community Development.



Abi D’Amore

Abigail D’Amore is Associate Programme Manager at Sound Connections and an independent music education consultant with expertise in informal and non-formal pedagogies and practice as a means of increasing student engagement and participation. She works across the music education sector as a programme manager, evaluator, adviser and strategic partner for organisations including PMLL, Friday Afternoons, NYMAZ, DBS Coaching, West Midlands Music Services Collective and has previously worked with Creative People and Places, UCL Institute of Education, the Music Path (Los Angeles) and various Music Education Hubs.

She was formerly Chief Executive of Musical Futures, which was recognised as one of the Finnish Hundred top global innovations in 2017. Abigail is a school governor of Hallow C of E Primary School (Worcestershire), Trustee of Music Mark and the Young Voices Foundation. She studied ethnomusicology, and is passionate about how music forms part of peoples’ lives.



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