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As part of our broader research offer, BOP has particular expertise in evaluation and impact assessment. 

The transformative power of the CCIs is core to our philosophy and our mission is to provide our clients with the hard evidence of transformation at work.

We have sector-leading capabilities in assessing the economic, social, environmental, and cultural impacts of cultural and creative activities, and our evaluation work takes in major multi-million pound investment programmes in fields as diverse as business and innovation support, philanthropy and fundraising, capital investment, major events, cultural exchange and development, and skills development.

We also guide major foundations, philanthropists, cultural funders, charities, arts and creative organisations to improve and embed an evaluation culture within their work.

Our Approach

Our work is based on clear and proven methods. We invest considerable time at the start of any project to ensure that all internal and external parties understand the purpose of the evaluation, and the intrinsic benefits. Learning and improvement is our priority.

We prefer wherever possible to come on board as partners at the beginning of the process and to build evaluation and learning into the core of any programme


In the post-COVID age, the ability to demonstrate and plan for impact across a whole range of business and policy areas is vital. It is the key to learning from the experience of the pandemic, to plotting a new path forward and aligning investment and programmes with new social and environmental imperatives.

Evaluation and Impact Assessment

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Museums and Galleries, Economic Development, Arts, Heritage, Festivals, Digital, Intellectual Property, Design, Film & TV, Skills, Entrepreneurship, Creative Industries, Funding, Education, Audiences, Video games, Theatres, Museums

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Helping you to demonstrate impact, test new ideas, learn and improve from experience

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Seven top tips for engaging your board in fundraising, from our Catalyst:Evolve programme evaluation

Getting your board onboard

Rossella Traverso

Nov 6, 2019

Six top tips for building fundraising capacity from our Catalyst:Evolve programme evaluation

How do cultural organisations raise money?

Rossella Traverso

Jun 27, 2019

Cultural Cities Enquiry highlights difference culture makes to places

Places transformed by culture

Jonathan Todd

Mar 22, 2019

Cultural Cities Enquiry identifies new ways forward on cultural funding

Opportunities to grow cultural investment

Jonathan Todd

Mar 11, 2019

Cultural Cites Enquiry signposts new ways forward for cultural talent

Unlocking all our creativity

Jonathan Todd

Mar 7, 2019

City Compacts for Culture provide fresh direction

New Cultural Leadership

Jonathan Todd

Feb 27, 2019

Five challenges and approaches

Evaluating place-based funding programmes

Jonathan Todd

Jan 18, 2019

Reflections on the Cultural Cities Enquiry

Unlocking culture’s contribution to local growth

Callum Lee

Nov 16, 2018

Headlines from the Beyond the Hype conference

Placing culture at the centre of growth

Jonathan Todd

Nov 15, 2018

New evidence for the broader impacts of the arts, culture and creative industries

The Spillover Effect

Jonathan Todd

Jan 10, 2018

Our research into the sector’s economic and cultural impact is published

Ireland’s live entertainment sector adds real value

Jonathan Todd

Mar 8, 2017

Our evaluation of Liverpool Biennial 2016 is published

Beyond the Biennial

Douglas Lonie

Feb 22, 2017

Our response to the DCMS recent economic estimates

Creative Industries and Methodologies

Jonathan Todd

May 26, 2016

The impact of the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen

Of Music and Life

Bethany Lewis

May 14, 2016

What we heard at the Creativeworks London Festival

The Future of Knowledge Exchange

Jonathan Todd

May 4, 2016

The Creativeworks London Festival

Understanding the impact of Knowledge Exchange

Jonathan Todd

Apr 25, 2016

A genuine and immersive experience

Culture and tourism

Jonathan Todd

Mar 9, 2016

Searching for a consistent approach

The Economic Contribution of Music to Europe

Jonathan Todd

Mar 3, 2016

Our Managing Director, Paul Owens, looks back on the achievements of last year and looks forward to 2016

The year in focus: Looking back, looking forward

Paul Owens

Dec 22, 2015

A Global Investment Conference in London is putting Intellectual Property on the agenda

The Export Power and Potential of UK IP

Jonathan Todd

Sep 17, 2015