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Lankelly Chase:  Stakeholder Insight Research

Lankelly Chase: Stakeholder Insight Research

sam-culture, Mel Larsen and Julie Aldridge are undertaking Stakeholder Insight Research for Lankelly Chase.  This independent Foundation aims to change the systems that perpetuate disadvantage by sponsoring projects, interventions and campaigns.  Our research tests perceptions of Lankelly Chase and the impacts of their interventions with their stakeholders. Recommendations from this research will inform external communications, internal processes and better reflect the needs of the communities Lankelly Chase work in and are a part of.

 
Clore Leadership Programme:  Creation of Evaluation Framework

Clore Leadership Programme: Creation of Evaluation Framework

The Clore Fellowship has been life-changing in many ways. It has changed my pace, addressed my frustrations and given me both confidence and a sense of value. My leadership is now focused, determined and strategic.

Clore Leadership has an outstanding reputation for its insight-led, effective leadership development that enables cultural leaders to have a positive impact on our sector and society.

Clore has commissioned Pam Jarvis, Julie Aldridge and Mel Larsen to review existing practice in evaluation, trial and test evaluation tools and processes and make them work to meet the organisation’s needs.  Outcomes from this important evaluation will inform a new framework to evidence and articulate the impact of Clore’s work in a consistent and holistic way.

 
Changing Chalk:  The Impact of Covid-19 on visitors to the Sussex Downs

Changing Chalk: The Impact of Covid-19 on visitors to the Sussex Downs

The National Trust, South Downs National Park Authority (SDNPA) and partners commissioned research to explore how Covid-19 has changed peoples’ relationship with the Sussex Downs. What changes in attitudes and behaviours have resulted from the pandemic and do these bring new opportunities for people to enjoy the Downland that the project could support that impact on equality of access, accessibility and levels of engagement with the Sussex Downs? 

This research feeds into the National Lottery Heritage Fund Changing Chalk project to develop activities that will help people to spend more time on the Sussex Downs and enjoy their experience.

 
Developing Digital Skills in your organisation

Developing Digital Skills in your organisation

Heritage organisations can thrive in the digital era, using tech to attract the visitors and support they need …..

Digital Heritage Lab, led by the Arts Marketing Association, is a strand of National Lottery Heritage Fund’s Digital Skills for Heritage, intended to drive up digital capabilities across the heritage sector.

A-M-A’s programme aims to build digital capacity for small & medium size heritage organisations, through online workshops, training, networking and digital bootcamps. Programme partners are the Collections Trust, Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy, and One Further.   A-M-A commissioned sam-culture to produce the evaluation.

 
Girmit by Nutkhut

Girmit by Nutkhut

Girmit: The story of 20th century Indentured Labour

Girmit is the third part of Ajay Chabbra / Nutkhut’s ‘Defining Moments’ Trilogy. This marks significant historical anniversaries and moments that reflect the rich and complex inter-relationship between Britain and South Asian communities globally. Girmit focuses on the British-Fijian indentured labour diaspora and the legacy of the system of indentured labour instituted following the abolition of slavery.

sam-culture is producing formative evaluation as the project evolves. Funded by National Lottery Heritage Fund

 
Heritage Grants Strategic Framework 4 Review

Heritage Grants Strategic Framework 4 Review

'Well done, really excellent work. There is so much valuable insight in your report, which I hope the organisation will take on board.’    Dr Kion Ahadi, (former) Head of Evaluation, National Lottery Heritage Fund

NLHF funds a considerable and diverse range of heritage projects, but do such projects achieve robust impacts, effective outcomes and deliver value for money?  This evaluation of 48 completed projects included conservation of historic buildings, museum redevelopments, natural heritage and landscape schemes and community initiatives. Key recommendations to help future-proof the fund included building organisational resilience, showing how projects make a quantifiable contribution to heritage and the dissemination of expertise and best practice across the culture and heritage sectors.       

With Sarah Bedell and Anna Cullum