Tools for measuring a variety of outcomes
- Has a selection of evaluation tools. Lists pros and cons, age range, settings, and circumstances for each.
Tools for measuring musical outcomes
- Separate scales for different age brackets of early years children (0-2, 2-3, 3-5) to be filled in by any participating adult. Five-point scale questions about the way early years children interact with music.
- Five-point scale questions addressed to the young person (aged 6-10) about their enjoyment of music, and their own perceptions of their musical abilities. Questions use faces instead of numbers, ranging from a very sad face to a very happy face.
- Five-point scale questions addressed to the young person (aged 11+) about their enjoyment of music, and their own perceptions of their musical abilities. Includes a ladder measure ('Cantrill's Ladder) used to measure the young person's awareness of music-making opportunities going on in their community.
- Framework investigating the musical development of children and young people of all ages with learning difficulties. The framework covers a whole range of ability from profound and multiple learning difficulties (PMLD) to those with autism, with or without exceptional musical abilities. Completed by music leader or other observing adult.
- Based on the original Sounds of Intent Framework, adapted for use with children aged 0-5 in the earlier stages of musical development. Completed by music leader or other observing adult.
Tools for measuring personal outcomes
- Five-point scale questions addressed to the young person (aged 13+) enabling the monitoring of mental wellbeing. One version has seven statements and the other has 14. The items are all worded positively and cover both feeling and functioning aspects of mental wellbeing. This is an established tool used widely in mental health settings.
- Five-point scale questions addressed to the young person (aged 11-18) about how they feel they have developed skills such as working with others, punctuality and commitment.
- Five-point scale questions addressed to the young person (aged 11-18) about how they have been recently feeling. Based on Warwick-Edinburgh Mental Wellbeing Scale. There is also a ladder measure (‘Cantrill’s Ladder’) used to capture overall wellbeing.
- Six-question tool scored on a scale of 1-5 that can be used to assess the ability to bounce back or recover from stress, with total score divided by the number of questions to give an overall score.
- Five-point scale questions addressed to the young person (aged 12+) that is designed to assess optimistic self-beliefs to cope with a variety of difficult demands in life.
- Four-point scale questions addressed to the young person (aged 12+) that measures global self-worth by measuring both positive and negative feelings about the self.
- Includes a useful list of validated evaluation scales and questionnaires
Tools for measuring social outcomes
- Five-point scale questions addressed to the young person (aged 11-18) designed to measure how much they feel in control of their lives, able to make decisions, and feel connected to their communities.
- Five-point scale questions addressed to the young person (aged 6+) which assesses feelings of loneliness and social dissatisfaction.
Tools for measuring workforce outcomes
- Five-point scale questions addressed to the music leader involved in the project which are split into two scales designed to capture their reflections: the Job Satisfaction Scale and the Professional Practice Scale. These can be used to assess how those employed to deliver your projects feel about their work.
Tools for measuring organisational outcomes
- Step-by-step self-assessment tool for charitable organisations and social enterprises, allowing organisations to review and improve their impact practice. Generates a report allowing organisations to see where their impact practice is going well and where there is room for improvement.
- An online tool to help arts organisations to self-evaluate. Focuses on six areas: vision, external environment, artistic aspirations & programme, participation & engagement, organisational capacity & capability, and business model.
Additional guidance and resources
- Evaluation support for arts and health organisations and practitioners
- UK-wide collaborative programme to help organisations know what to measure and how to measure
- Glossary of key terms in voluntary sector management, commissioning, and procurement