On September 10th arts wave devon held an Artists Networking Day at Exeter Central Library.
Daisi, Dance in Devon, the Devon Guild of Craftsmen and Wolf and Water hope those that attended enjoyed the event and had the opportunity to establish new contacts and meet with peers, share best practice, and gain new skills and approaches.
Artists listened to talks by:
Helen Vines – In this session welooked at Outcomes Frameworks and why we might want to collect and analyse data about our work. It included sharing the framework that has been devised for arts wave devon, and practical experience of identifying the benefits of your practice to your participants, plus exploring creative ways of collecting evaluation feedback (such as outcomes bingo, or outcomes wheel).
Click here for the link to Helen Vines’s presentation on outcomes framework.
Helen Bottrill – In this session we learnt about the tips and tricks for creating compelling and shareable content, as well as how best to manage it across your social media channels, blogs and websites to save time and effort. We also looked at posting techniques that create engagement and encourage followers.
Click here for the dropbox link to Helen Bottrill’s presentation on social media.
Artists participated in a group task to think of creative methods to collect evaluation data, and you had a visit to the FABLAB
My mind is officially #boggled after tour of eponymous @FabLabDevon, at @ArtsWaveDevon #evaluation on networking day!
– Helen Vines @vinesworks Sep 10th
Monitoring and evaluating, why bother?
- Makes argument for arts/provision
- Makes job more sustainable
- Educate others about value of arts
- Translating value we see to what others understand
- Share it and celebrate it!
- Prove and improve
- Learning from mistakes/successes
- Attracting funding
- Gives voice to people you work with
- Planning evaluations clarifies your intentions and change you seek to create
Ways to collect feedback/evaluation
- Video diaries
- Freeze frame photos
- Verbal feedback – ask questions during workshop
- Graffiti walls
- Interact with project
- Walking debates
- Washing line and pegs
- Message in a bottle
- Run around (different zones/corners in room)
- Traffic light system
- Observations from parent/carer/teacher
- Interview each other – peer to peer
- Talking to children
- Beanbags in bucket yes/no
- Ask for comments in own words – people’s stories add colour & value to the stats
- Post-it notes (different shapes, like leaves on trees etc)
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