Sun 22 Jan 2023: 12:00AM
Queen Margaret University

Evaluating Arts and Cultural Projects

Venue: Queen Margaret University Way, Musselburgh, EH21 6UU
Prices: £800 (free places available – see QMU website for full information)

With free places available and no previous qualifications required, this 15-week part-time course explores the processes and practices by which arts and cultural projects are evaluated. The course begins by considering the social and political factors that mean it is increasingly expected that art and cultural projects should be evaluated.

The focus will then shift to the practicalities of designing a project evaluation, from logic modelling the theory of change, through to selecting methods, establishing a base line, generating, and evaluating data, and producing a project evaluation repor

This course is relevant for anyone whose role requires them to conduct and/or commission cultural project evaluations but has had little or no training in what makes a ‘good’ evaluation. It would also be suitable for those seeking to develop the skills necessary for them to conduct project evaluations on a freelance or consultancy basis.

On this course you will learn about:
– some of the factors that make evaluating arts and cultural projects so challenging;
– what a theory of change is and how to develop one;
– different methods and tools that you can uses to conduct a qualitative evaluation of an arts project;
– the ethical considerations of conducting evaluations and ways to communicate the findings of your evaluation.

For further information, please contact (QMU Recruitment Team) or visit

The application deadline is 12 noon, Sun 22 January 2023. The course is delivered over a 15-week semester. During that time, you will attend four on-campus, half day workshops. In addition, you will be expected to attend four hours of online seminars, and to be spending around 2-3 hours a week on associated reading and completing your assignment.

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