ACEWild Evaluation Toolkit
It can be difficult measuring the impact of learning & play outdoors – this site offers some useful tools for measuring work in an outdoor learning situation.
Arts Council Self Evaluation toolkit
‘Self evaluation is a vital first step towards improving your work. It can also help with self confidence and resilience. We’ve developed a Self Evaluation toolkit for people, companies and partnerships in the arts, cultural and creative sectors. The toolkit has 24 questions with links to help you improve your work. When you are finished, you can generate a report on one evaluation or comparing several.’
A free resource to help you discover and share best practice in cultural marketing. The website features evaluation case studies, toolkits and research articles, including DIY Evaluation & Research.
Funding Central evaluation resources
Some useful generic “what is evaluation and why is it important” resources. Subscribe for free access for organisations with an annual income below £100,000. Subscription also gives you access to ‘search our database of thousands of grants, contracts and loan finance funding opportunities, from local, national and international sources.’
Good from Woods research toolkit
‘Good from Woods is a community of researchers exploring and reporting on the health and wellbeing outcomes of spending time in the woods. The toolkit is designed to help you do rigorous research into whether your woodland activity has an impact on the health and wellbeing of participants.’
A Guide to Evaluating Community Arts and Community Wellbeing
‘A ‘how to’ guide for community arts practitioners to assist them to evaluate the impacts of their community arts projects. Simple, straightforward and ready to use. It separates the evaluation into key stages and each stage includes a worksheet which guides the user through key decisions; asks trigger questions; highlights the issues users are likely to encounter and provides a checklist … also includes evaluation tools including surveys, worksheets and timelines for each stage of an evaluation. These can be used as they are, or adapted according to the needs of each project.’ From Creative Victoria (Aus).
Learning Away Evaluation Toolkit
‘Designed to help those responsible for planning or leading residentials in schools evaluate the experience to understand the impact and what could be improved.’ Covers: why is evaluation useful – introduction – designing your evaluation – collecting your data – using your evaluation evidence – resource library. From Learning Away.
Learning with Nature – Embedding Outdoor Practice, by Claire Warden
Outdoor practice and how children can learn and develop in natural environments. Contains a self-evaluation toolkit, examples of good practice and a chapter on assessment & planning to help ensure quality of provision. Available from Muddy Faces.
Social Value UK: resources
“Find what you need to help you measure and maximise your social value”. Guides, tools, case studies and more, explaining the concept of social value, and how to measure your project’s impact.