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Proving it: how music services can evaluate and evidence the outcomes of music making for vulnerable young people – part 1

Evaluation and evidencing outcomes is an important skill for music services working with young people facing barriers in their learning and their lives. But with so many evaluation models around, where do you start? Lyndall Rosewarne, strategic lead of the Changing Tracks programme, calls for an approach that is authentic and straightforward.

When vulnerable young people have been referred to us, evaluation should enable us to check that their participation is supporting them in ways that are helpful to them, and if not, to adapt what we’re doing. Using evaluation to report back to funders on the learning from the project is important, but should be secondary.   

But which outcomes should we focus on? And how can we realistically evidence that change is happening? 

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