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Welcome to the Evaluation Learning Space.

Supported by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation and led by the Centre for Cultural Value in partnership with CultureHive, the Arts Marketing Association’s knowledge hub.

The idea behind the space

Evaluation reports are not always visible, accessible or easy to find.

We know that effective evaluation is needed to inform practice, research and policymaking. So we want to make sure this knowledge is shared as widely as possible.

In these resources you will find key insights from different evaluations as well as tips on how you can apply the knowledge in your own evaluation work.

Who this space is for

This online space is free to access and available for anyone who has an interest in the evaluation of cultural activities.

This includes cultural practitioners and organisations, as well as academics, researchers, evaluators and students, or others with a focus on cultural activity.

The resources will also be of interest to funders and policymakers.

How to use the resources

Our first resources focus on the theme of Cities and Capitals of Culture. Read the resources in full or go straight to the sections that are most relevant. Some resources also have audio clips that offer further insights into the evaluation projects and our analysis.

At the end of each resource, you’ll find links to other resources you may find useful.

You can also take a look at the Centre’s Evaluation Principles, a series of guiding principles the sector has co-created to inform evaluation practice. In some of the resources, we will highlight how the principles have been used in the evaluations we have looked at.

We will be adding more resources to the space over the year. Follow the Centre on X or LinkedIn, or sign up to our newsletter to hear about new resources.

Interested in this area? Find out how to get involved with this work.

A woman suspended against a building. She is dressed as a cleaner and is cleaning a giant blue clock.
Urban Angels Aerial at Holmfirth Arts Festival 2023. Photo: John Coombes

Latest resources

Photo of a boat on a body of water with fireworks behind it, at night. People in silhouette watching from the edge of the water.
Image: Derry-Londonderry 2013 (Derry City & Strabane District Council)

How are UK Cities and Capitals of Culture evaluated?

Musician wearing a coat plays trumpet on a pebbly beach with the Humber Bridge in the background.
The Height of the Reeds, Opera North (Hull 2017) Photo: Tom Arber

People and processes: who’s behind evaluations of UK Cities and Capitals of Culture?

A crowd of people in an urban setting watch two actors perform. One is dressed as an astronaut and is holding the other on their shoulders. The second actor is reaching up to the sky.
© Without Wall's Urban Astronaut, Wakefield Council. Photo: Andrew Benge

My essential reads: the role of culture in place-based development

A person wearning headphones and holding up a mobile phone, in an ornate building. They are listening to an audio tour.
Opera North's As You Are in the County Arcade, Leeds 2023. Photo: Justin Slee.

UK Cities and Capitals of Culture evaluation reports: a quick guide

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The Evaluation Learning Space is supported by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation and led by the Centre for Cultural Value in partnership with CultureHive, the Arts Marketing Association's knowledge hub.

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