Strike A Light (SAL) are looking for an exceptional individual /organisation to work with them over the next four years to develop and implement a detailed and ultimately useful evaluation of their four year Reaching Communities project in Gloucester. This project has been generously funded by the Lottery Community Fund.
A four year community project which will improve the emotional, physical and mental health and wellbeing of Gloucester residents, in particular those on the Matson estate, through year round cultural and creative projects.
There are 4 key strands of work:
- Weekly drama and beatbox classes for 50 diverse children and young people, aged 8-18 years
- Two full time and two part time paid internships each year
- A volunteering programme for 20 adults per year
- GL4 Festival: performance in community spaces
The weekly classes sit within a wider programme of participation activity at Strike A Light, for which we have an existing evaluation framework. In addition through our management of the internship posts, we will be including regular reviews and appraisals which will provide valuable evaluation material.
We are therefore looking for an evaluator who can lead on the structure, implementation and reporting of the evaluation for GL4 Festival and the volunteering programme, whilst also supporting the evaluation of the weekly classes and internships and ensuring that it contributes effectively to the whole.
We would like to develop a critical thinking skills programme in partnership with The Sick of the Fringe as the main thrust of this evaluation. We would like to explore possibilities for paying residents/participants from each programme strand to evaluate the impact the programme is having on their lives. Whilst we welcome standard evaluation tools e.g. questionnaires, data capture etc, we also want to make sure that the evaluation itself is a useful process, supporting residents to feel valued and heard. What we are evaluating and how it is presented must also be readily understood and of use to the community, with no jargon.
The original application included three features of the evaluation, alongside the participant critical thinking programme. We would like these to be considered but also interrogated and probably changed through time with community members to co-design the evaluation. These features were:
Research and analysis: to collate the relevant outputs, outcomes and metrics currently being tracked across Matson that will be potentially influenced or enhanced by Reaching Communities funding. We will collate and present the most relevant and useful metrics available across the diverse stakeholders in Matson and relate them to the arts, cultural and creative activity taking place.
Value: We will work with GL4 and the local community to find out what information is of value to community members, what they see as important and the processes, initiatives and change we can capture, presenting the data in terms that make sense to them. This will ground the evaluation process and ensure that findings and material genuinely capture information and insight of use to everyone and express those findings in terms that are similarly owned and understood by all.
Findings: We would like to produce a sharp, clear and punchy ‘toolkit’ that distils the lessons and principles emerging from this project and enables other communities, funders and stakeholders to learn from experience in Gloucester. This will include both lessons in relation to evaluation and the process of supporting effective and sustainable change in communities linked to arts, culture and creativity.
We have £10,000 per year as a budget for evaluation. Our proposal is to split this 50/50 between the evaluator and the residents/ participants who are being paid to evaluate the work. This would mean an annual evaluator fee of £5,000 and a total fee of £20,000 over the four year project. (NB This is an approximate figure and there may be some movement within it.)
Who are we looking for?
We are looking for an individual or an organisation who really gets this sort of work and the spaces and participants that we are working with. We’re not asking people to work over the time the budget allows for but we do only want to work with people who can get their hands dirty on a project, who care deeply about the power that the arts can have to affect change, who understand the power of language and how intimidating using the wrong language can be. You might be a producer or project manager with an extensive track record in evaluation or an evaluation specialist.
We are excited about engaging residents and participants in shaping the evaluation and in their voices and opinions being valued and heard and would like to work with someone who is interested in developing this as a model.
We want to work with people who have got a good track record of being creative, flexible, detailed, innovative, personable, approachable and available.
We’d like to work closely on the development of this evaluation ensuring that the room for creativity and doing things differently is underpinned by robust, proven methodology.
How to apply
Please send us your /your organisation’s CV and some links to recent projects that you have evaluated and a covering letter on no more than 2 sides of A4 explaining:
- Why you’d like to apply for this job and what you think you could specifically bring to it
- Any ideas for how you think paying residents/ participants could work
- What you think the challenges might be
- to Christina Poulton at [email protected]
Closing date Monday 4 November 5pm
Interviews will be week commencing 11 November