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How to evaluate your impact

Wednesday 2 December 2020

2:00pm - 4:00pm

Online via Zoom

Abi D’Amore and Jennifer Raven (Sound Connections)


In this introductory session we will share the basics around why evaluation is important for your projects or organisations. We will explore how to create a Theory of Change and an evaluation framework. We will share examples of data collection tools, methods and how to frame questions. We will also open up a discussion about challenges and opportunities for evaluating impact of online activities. This session is for individuals and organisations who are new to evaluation, or who want a refresh of ideas. It is particularly relevant for those working with children and young people in arts education settings, particularly music, although all are welcome!


This session is followed by An introduction to analysing data and writing reports on Wednesday 6 January 2021.




This session will be online using Zoom. You will receive an email with further details nearer the time. Please also check your junk inbox.


There is a £5 admin charge for this course. However, if you are an individual, freelancer or student who is currently not in employment, and for whom this fee would prevent you from attending, please email with the title ‘Admin Fee Exemption’ and you will be sent a discount code – no questions asked.

If you would prefer to pay via invoice, please contact Emily (

Abi 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).

Jennifer Raven


Jennifer Raven is Deputy Director of Sound Connections. Jenn’s role includes strategy, partnerships, and leading the Sound Connections consultancy service. Her specialisms are in evaluation, youth voice, social justice and organisational change.

Her evaluation work has taken her around the world with Action for Hope and British Council World Voice. Here in the UK her evaluations include National Open Youth Orchestra and Live Music Now’s Inspire programme.

Jenn has overseen the development of youth voice at Sound Connections since 2014, which included establishing our young trustees programme in 2017. As a consultant she is leading youth voice for English Heritage, and the ‘Music Lab’ a new project with Dr Anna Bull about youth voice within classical music education.

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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