Evaluating national-to-regional museum loans for Art Fund

Issue:

Art Fund have partnered with the Garfield Weston Foundation to create the Weston Loan Programme, a scheme to offer funding to regional museums, galleries and historic houses to enable them to borrow items from national collections, in ways that work towards their organisation’s strategic aims. Follow this link for full details about the programme. Art Fund wanted an evaluation method that was light-touch and added value to the participating organisations, while also reflecting on the operation of the loan scheme itself.

Response:

I proposed a method that offered the participating venues a bespoke ‘reflective learning’ approach to evaluation, helping them identify their key success indicators for their individual projects, and suggesting light-touch ways they could record activity against them. The mentored sessions will help venues improve their project as it unfolds, and to learn common lessons from other awardees.

The organisations I’ll work with are Cannon Hall Museum, Park and Gardens, Barnsley; Paxton House, Berwick-upon-Tweed; Montrose Museum and Art Gallery, Forfar; Hawick Museum; Jerwood Gallery, Hastings; Manor House Museum, Kettering; Brampton Museum, Newcastle-under-Lyme; Peterborough Museum and Art Gallery; Rugby Art Gallery & Museum; Salford Museum and Art Gallery; Warrington Museum and Art Gallery; Weston Museum, Weston-Super-Mare; and Worcester City Museum and Art Gallery

I will also review what barriers, if any, there are to making successful applications to the fund from different regions in the country, and highlighting recurrent issues to Art Fund and the Garfield Weston Foundation throughout the programme.

Impact:

Already my analysis of the balance of applicants to Round 1, and issues mentioned, has resulted in changes to how the scheme is promoted and what is asked for in the applications. I am in the process of evaluating the experience of Round 1 awardees, while Round 2 is now open for applications till 11 September 2011.

“We’ve re-opened for applications, and have taken on board the recommendations from the admin evaluation report, both in terms of how we promote and what we ask in the application form.” 

Date:

December 2017- September 2020

Category

Evaluation, Training and mentoring