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Introduction to Evaluation

Friday 30 November 2018

10.00am - 1.00pm

Lift, 45 White Lion Street, London, N1 9PW

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Evaluation is central to our work; it’s a point of reflection, a tool for improvement and a means to strengthen the impact of our work.

In this half day course we will look at evaluation specifically in relation to music projects and programmes for children and young people. We will:

  • Explore the core principles of good evaluative practice
  • Introduce evaluation planning tools including Theory of Change and outcomes frameworks
  • Practice creating data gathering tools like surveys, focus group plans and observation templates
  • Share ideas for creative evaluation
  • Consider how to involve participants in designing evaluation plans and methods, so that it’s meaningful and useful to participants

This is for anyone who is new to evaluation or has a basic understanding but would like new tools and methods, whether you are a freelance individual, running your own projects or working for an organisation.

This session will be facilitated by Sound Connections’ Programme Manager, Jennifer Raven and music education consultant, Abigail D’Amore.

Facilitator biographies

Jennifer Raven has been Programme Manager at Sound Connections since 2014. As well as leading on Sound Connections Youth Voice and Social Justice programmes, she oversees the organisation’s consultancy service including a wide range of evaluation projects for arts organisations, venues and music education hubs. She also has responsibility for Sound Connections’ own evaluation planning, monitoring processes and impact reporting. As a consultant her areas of expertise are in impact measurement, research and strategy. Outside of her work at Sound Connections she is Development Director of Fairbeats! Music a charity with a focus on music-making with young refugees, asylum seekers and new migrant communities.

Abigail D’Amore is an independent music education consultant with client organisations including PMLL, Friday Afternoons, NYMAZ, Surrey Arts and West Midlands Music Services Collective and as an Associate of Sound Connections. Abigail is a school governor of Hallow C of E Primary School (Worcestershire), Trustee of Music Mark and the Young Voices Foundation, and an Ambassador for Education Support Partnership. She was formerly Chief Executive of Musical Futures, which was recognised as one of the Finnish Hundred top global innovations in 2017.


Ticket prices are subsidized at £40 for freelance individuals or organisations with an annual turnover of less than £100k. The ticket cost is £60 for all other organisations. If you need any further subsidy are a Wired4Music member or a student, please do not hesitate to contact as we may be able to offer further discount.

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