Our learning

Creative People and Places is an action-research programme. We are:

  • testing out new and different approaches to excite people about the arts
  • reflecting on what worked and what didn't
  • capturing lessons to share with others and inform future work

There are local and national evaluations taking place. The 21 projects also share and reflect upon their learning and experiences directly with one another through our peer learning network. You can find out more about evaluation and peer learning here.

In this section, you can access evaluation and learning resources that share lessons from the programme. The resources will build over time as our learning increases.

Shared Decision-Making Toolkit

This practical resource includes examples, tips and tools drawn from Creative People and Places, showing how projects have involved local people in project-level decision-making

Power Up

This think piece by Chrissie Tiller explores some of the complexities of sharing power and decision making with participants, placing this work within social and theoretical contexts.

Audience Profiling and Mapping 2014-2016

A report from The Audience Agency analysing audience data from the first three years of our national programme

Year 3 Ecorys Report: Impact, Outcomes and the Future at the End of Year 3

An Ecorys evaluation report covering the third year of the national programme to December 2016.

Evaluation in Participatory Arts Programmes

This document includes a range of interesting evaluation approaches, models and tools from across the Creative People and Places programme.

Building Partnerships Beyond the Arts: three case studies

A series of case studies by Ecorys exploring how CPP projects are building partnerships with organisations from a range of different sectors.

Engaging Communities in the Arts: five case studies

A series of case studies by Ecorys exploring how CPP projects have been engaging communities with the arts.

Faster but Slower, Slower but Faster

This report by Mark Robinson of Thinking Practice draws out key learning from the Creative People and Places programme up until December 2016.

Talent Development: Case Study

A case study by Ecorys exploring how Super Slow Way is supporting and developing artists working in socially engaged arts practice

Art in Unusual Locations: Case Study

A case study by Ecorys exploring how Creative Black Country worked with pub landlords in Sandwell

Arts for Well Being: Case Study

A case study by Ecorys exploring how bait is using the arts to increase well-being and social energy

What it Does to You: Excellence in CPP

This report by Consilium Research and Thinking Practice explores the different approaches, impacts and outcomes of excellent art and engagement opportunities in Creative People and Places

Audience Profiling and Mapping Year 2

A report from The Audience Agency analysing audience data from year two of our national programme

Year 2 Ecorys Report: Progress and Outcomes

An Ecorys evaluation report covering the second year of the national programme to January 2016.

Building Whilst Flying

A paper by Ruth Melville and Ben Morgan drawing out key learning from the first two years of the Creative People and Places programme

Governance and Consortium Working

This report by Catherine Bunting and Tom Fleming sets out an overview of research into the consortia models of the Creative People and Places programme.

Year 1 Ecorys Report: Process, Progress and Emerging Outcomes

An Ecorys evaluation report covering the first year of the national programme with a focus on process and emerging outcomes.

Audience Profiling and Mapping Year 1

A report from The Audience Agency analysing audience data from year one of our national programme

Place Governance and Partnerships: case study

An Ecorys case study exploring governance and partnerships for LeftCoast