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How to evaluate your impact

How to evaluate your impact

Thursday 14 November 2019


London Bridge Hive, SE1 3SZ

Jennifer Raven and Abigail D’Amore

Cost of session: £30 freelancer rate; £50 organisations with annual turnover of less than £250k; £80 organisations with 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 help understand 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 this session for?

Organisations and individuals starting out with impact measurement or who want to refresh their knowledge of impact measurement. Whatever your level of knowledge and understanding we will aim to tailor the content to meet your needs.

By the end of the session you will

  • Gain knowledge, skills and understanding of how to evaluate music projects
  • Have an opportunity to share ideas and get feedback on your own project/organisation evaluation
  • Take away templates and tools for evaluation planning

Tea and coffee will be provided. Please bring your own lunch.

Sound Connections training courses are subsidised by funding from Youth Music and the Rachel Baker Charitable Trust.


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Abigail D’Amore

Abigail D’Amore is a UK-based independent music education consultant with expertise in informal and non-formal pedagogies and practice as a means of increasing student engagement and participation. She is the Associate Workforce Development Manager for Sound Connections, Non-Executive Director of PMLL, and a strategic partner of the West Midlands Music Collective. Trained as a research officer at the University College London Institute of Education, current and past evaluation clients include: Wigmore Hall, Voices Foundation, City of London Sinfonia, BTS Spark/Arts Council England, Kent Music, Rochdale Music Services and Friday Afternoons.

She was formally 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 people’s lives.

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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.



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