Help me write the next outcomes guidance (please)

I'm updating Youth Music evaluation resources, has anyone got any hot tips?

Hello.

Over the next couple of weeks I'm updating the Youth Music outcomes approach guidance.  I have learned a lot from conversations and seeing people's self-evaluation over the past few years since the first guidance was produced and I want to make it as relevant and helpful as possible.  

With that in mind, does anyone have any thoughts on what they have found best/worst about the outcomes approach and guidance to date? I'm benchmarking with other funders' guidance (BLF, Children in Need, Esmee, etc) and the Charities Evaluation Service.  There's also a great new intitiative called Inspiring Impact, which I will signpost people to. Has anyone found any other resources particularly useful over the past couple of years? 

All comments and suggestions welcome...
 

Cheers,

Dougie

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TelfordWrekinMusic's picture

Hi Doggie,

How are things?
How about the new Arts Council Quality Principles for their young people's work? We are currently doing some pilot work for ACE on them and testing them out within our Music Education Hub work.

http://www.artscouncil.org.uk/what-we-do/our-priorities-2011-15/children...

Just a thought
Ian

TelfordWrekinMusic's picture

Hi Doggie,

How are things?
How about the new Arts Council Quality Principles for their young people's work? We are currently doing some pilot work for ACE on them and testing them out within our Music Education Hub work.

http://www.artscouncil.org.uk/what-we-do/our-priorities-2011-15/children...

Just a thought
Ian

Dougie Lonie's picture

Hi Ian,

Thanks for this. I've since written the guidance as part of the support materials for the refreshed funding programme - you can check it out here...

http://network.youthmusic.org.uk/sites/default/files/users/Funding_docs/...

Also as part of our funding moving forward we are asking all projects to use and embed the Youth Music Quality Framework...

http://network.youthmusic.org.uk/sites/default/files/users/Funding_docs/...

The quality framework has been written considering and including the ACE quality principles but is specifically aimed at inclusive music education (bringing in music specific frameworks from Youth Music and Ofsted etc) and enabling the workforce to consider what dimensions of their work contribute to a quality music learning experience for young people.

I think we've all been so excited about making everything such high quality we might have missed a couple of opportunities to mutually share these developments with ACE. But you know what they say... you can't have too many quality frameworks, principles, criteria or documents(!)

Hopefully these updated Youth Music documents provide a useful approach for projects to plan design, and evaluate their work. I'm currently working on some additional learning sessions to complement the guidance to take place in October. These will hopefully give us a chance to see what people are finding useful and chat through the inevitable links between considering and establishing quality and a strong approach to evaluation.

Hope all is going well with you guys in the meantime.

Cheers,

Dougie

Gavin Lombos's picture

I welcome the new framework and guidance but thought I'd mention that the BBC Children in Need process is quite interesting as it encourages you to concentrate/focus on 3 outcomes. This is done at an evaluation meeting where you meet and discuss with other grantees. The meeting process is useful however CIN projects are very diverse so there isn't a great deal of commonality. It does help to put your work and organisation in some kind context - which is useful.

They insist on 2 staff members attending and at the time it seemed like quite a major time investment for a relatively straightforward grant. On reflection, the time was very well spent as it really helped the project leaders to focus on the evaluation plan. Simply talking and reflecting on the project in a group is a valuable exercise especially when you can agree stuff with those who will ultimately be reviewing your project reports.

A similar process may be appropriate for YM as there is greater commonality across YM programmes and it would encourage discussion, practice sharing and collaboration at the outset.

Perhaps YM could facilitate some regional events for new grantees to meet, talk and make evaluation plans as part of or early after the grant acceptance process.

Gavin

Dougie Lonie's picture

Hi Gavin,

Thanks for your comments. We have been running similar sessions since 2010 - at least four regional events per year, but often more - basically a bespoke version of the Charities Evaluation Service training that CiN provide.

We are running some new more 'advanced' sessions in October bringing projects together to really think about how to apply evaluation methods and analyse and present data (over and above introducing the outcomes approach in general). It would be great if you were interested in attending.

We are also thinking how best to get out into the regions more for discussion and sharing learning. The restructure a few years ago made us really have to batten down the hatches resource-wise, but we are in a more stable position to commit more time to being away now, and very much looking forward to it!

I'll be posting some further info about the sessions on the Network next week.

Cheers,

Dougie