Liverpool Thrive programme – Final Report published

Liverpool Arts Regeneration Consortium has published the final report into the Liverpool Thrive Programme. The Thrive programme started in 2007 prior to the launch of the Capital of Culture year in Liverpool, supported by Arts Council England’s Thrive! programme. It aimed to provide a systematic approach to helping cultural organisations gain the expertise needed to respond to and influence a rapidly changing environment. The Liverpool Thrive project was given £1.34 million – the largest award within the scheme – and tested out a new model for embedding the arts and cultural sectors in the processes of social and economic renewal. The Liverpool Thrive programme final report in brief. By building on individual organisational strengths the Thrive Programme has enabled the strength, durability and flexibility of relationships to be established, tested and adapted and has therefore supported the development of deeper relationships between organisations. Working collaboratively has been very effective in advocating on behalf of the sector and engaging with key stakeholders as it has allowed LARC to ‘speak with one voice’. The fact that there has been sustained involvement by a consistent number of people has allowed strong networking, the sharing of information about programming aspirations and best practice which has supported the creation and articulation of not just a joint aspiration for the cultural direction of the city but also a shared vision and action plan – how it is to be delivered and who plays their part. The Thrive programme has therefore supported the development of a strategic profile and voice for culture and the strengthening of the relationships and influence with non-cultural strategic partners (e.g. Liverpool City Council, Primary Care Trust, Universities) despite changing political contexts during the Thrive Programme provides one example of the success of this collaborative approach. The Thrive programme has also provided the LARC partners with the resources to build a collective research and evidence base to demonstrate their collaborative and individual organisational activity, an evidence base that has given credibility to the arguments about the scope and impact of cultural activity within the City. The large scale research studies supported through the Thrive programme (e.g. economic and intrinsic impact) would not have been affordable or deliverable by a single LARC organisation and, perhaps more importantly, would not have been credible without the participation and involvement of a wide range of arts and cultural organisations in the City. Download a PDF version of the final report.  Final Report    ...

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Evaluation Development Project

LARC has initiated a programme to support community & cultural organisations working in North Liverpool to help them develop their evaluation capacity. This programme will assist organisations as they develop specific evaluation skills relating to participatory arts programmes.  It will support them in learning new techniques for gathering data and documenting results in a way that demonstrates the contribution that cultural projects can make to achieving local (and national) regeneration priorities. The team is being led by Francois Matarasso, an internationally recognised consultant and writer on community-based arts practice and its impact.  Francois has worked for national and local government, foundations, arts organisations and international agencies in over 30 countries. The team started work in May 2009 with the programme set to be completed in December 2010.  The programme has so far run various seminars on evaluation techniques, whilst providing in-depth support in small group sessions (as well as 1-1 support) with a core group of arts practitioners and organisations in Liverpool The results from this information sharing will lead to individual evaluation toolkits for each organisation so they can confidently evaluate themselves on their...

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Workshop – Participatory Evaluation

LARC is developing a programme to support arts-led regeneration in North Liverpool. As part of this work, LARC has commissioned an independent evaluation team led by François Matarasso to support the process by working with arts and community organisations in the area. The aim is to build people’s skills and confidence in evaluation and help organisations report effectively on their work. The evaluation programme will begin with a full day workshop on Tuesday 14 July, 9.30am – 4.00pm at the League of Welldoers (Limekiln Lane, Vauxhall). The workshop will introduce the approach to evaluation that will be used and explore some of the key issues and concepts. The sessions will be varied and interactive, but no previous experience of evaluation is necessary. If you are involved in community-based arts work in North Liverpool and want to know more about evaluation, this workshop is for you. There is no charge and you don’t have to commit to further involvement in the programme. There will be more workshops and support on offer over the next 18 months, but you can decide later whether to take part in those. For more information, or to book a place, please contact Adeyinka Olushonde, LARC Partnerships & Development Coordinator 0151 210 2924 For more information on the Evaluation Consultancy Appointment of François Matarasso click here...

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