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Evaluation and Impact Assessment

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



Relevance

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.

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Impact assessments: Economic, social, cultural and environmental

We use our extensive research toolkit to enable clients to assess the impact of their work on multiple levels. Experience shows us that projects that offer cultural and creative excellence achieve significant impacts on multiple levels.

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Programme evaluations

We embed easy-to-use frameworks and work alongside clients to create a dynamic feedback loop so that learning and improvement happens ‘live’ within the project and by the end of the project there is clear evidence of its impact.

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Monitoring and evaluation frameworks

We work as partners with client organisations to design and embed monitoring and evaluation frameworks into programmes and projects using a range of innovative techniques to collect and analyse data. Our central purpose is always to create a culture of learning and improvement.

Our Services

Evaluation and Impact Assessment

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Featured Projects

Evaluation and Impact Assessment

NDT Broadgate, Supporting Artists in a Post Pandemic London

British Land and New Diorama Theatre reveal the substantial social and economic impact of their 12 month-long NDT Broadgate initiative, which saw 20,000sq ft of creative space provided to over 8,800 independent and freelance artists free of charge over 2021-2022.

British Land

Co-creation and collaboration in the time of Covid

Our evaluation of the British Council’s Sub-Saharan Africa Arts programme has informed the 2021/2022 strategy of the programme.

British Council

Economic impact of COVID-19 on the Cultural and Creative Industries

Our new report for UNESCO sets out the huge global impact of COVID-19 on the cultural sector. We estimate $750 billion lost for the CCI and 10 million job cuts.

UNESCO

Evaluation of the BFI Film Academy

BOP Consulting's 3 Year research on the BFI Film Academy demonstrates its positive impact on participants' career choices and film education sector development.

The British Film Institute (BFI)

Great Place Programme Evaluation

Great Place was a strategic programme that aimed to achieve systemic change, the enduring impact of the program extending beyond its conclusion in mid-2021.

Arts Council England

The economic value of location filming

Our research commissioned by Film London, reveals the substantial economic impact of location filming days in London, generating 168m and supporting 1,680 jobs.

The relocation of BBC Wales and its economic impact

In 2015, BOP was tasked by BBC Wales with forecasting the economic impact of the relocation of their broadcasting centre to Central Square, Cardiff. As BBC Wales have now taken the keys to this new building, designed by Foster + Partners, they asked us to update our analysis.

BBC

Asia Europe Foundation (ASEF)

We were commissioned by Asia Europe Foundation (ASEF) to conduct independent evaluation of it's arts and culture portal's impact and guiding future development.

Asia Europe Foundation (ASEF)

Edinburgh Festivals 2015 Impact Study

Our report quantifies the quality of life, economic, social, and cultural impact of the Edinburgh Festivals in the Edinburgh Festivals 2015 Impact Study.

Festivals Edinburgh

Evaluation of the Catalyst programme

Assessing the impact of a £68 million Arts Council England’s Catalyst programme to help cultural organisations diversify their income streams.

Arts Council England

British Land and New Diorama Theatre reveal the substantial social and economic impact of their 12 month-long NDT Broadgate initiative, which saw 20,000sq ft of creative space provided to over 8,800 independent and freelance artists free of charge over 2021-2022.

NDT Broadgate, Supporting Artists in a Post Pandemic London

British Land

Our evaluation of the British Council’s Sub-Saharan Africa Arts programme has informed the 2021/2022 strategy of the programme.

Co-creation and collaboration in the time of Covid

British Council

Our new report for UNESCO sets out the huge global impact of COVID-19 on the cultural sector. We estimate $750 billion lost for the CCI and 10 million job cuts.

Economic impact of COVID-19 on the Cultural and Creative Industries

UNESCO

BOP Consulting's 3 Year research on the BFI Film Academy demonstrates its positive impact on participants' career choices and film education sector development.

Evaluation of the BFI Film Academy

The British Film Institute (BFI)

Great Place was a strategic programme that aimed to achieve systemic change, the enduring impact of the program extending beyond its conclusion in mid-2021.

Great Place Programme Evaluation

Arts Council England

Our research commissioned by Film London, reveals the substantial economic impact of location filming days in London, generating 168m and supporting 1,680 jobs.

The economic value of location filming

In 2015, BOP was tasked by BBC Wales with forecasting the economic impact of the relocation of their broadcasting centre to Central Square, Cardiff. As BBC Wales have now taken the keys to this new building, designed by Foster + Partners, they asked us to update our analysis.

The relocation of BBC Wales and its economic impact

BBC

We were commissioned by Asia Europe Foundation (ASEF) to conduct independent evaluation of it's arts and culture portal's impact and guiding future development.

Asia Europe Foundation (ASEF)

Asia Europe Foundation (ASEF)

Our report quantifies the quality of life, economic, social, and cultural impact of the Edinburgh Festivals in the Edinburgh Festivals 2015 Impact Study.

Edinburgh Festivals 2015 Impact Study

Festivals Edinburgh

Assessing the impact of a £68 million Arts Council England’s Catalyst programme to help cultural organisations diversify their income streams.

Evaluation of the Catalyst programme

Arts Council England

SELECTED CLIENTS

For over 25 years, BOP has grown a dynamic global community of interest driven by a belief in the transformational power of culture and the creative industries. We have worked in over 50 countries with clients from international agencies to national and regional government departments, to city Mayors and regeneration bodies, and individual cultural and creative businesses. 

Digital Catapult - BOP Consulting  project
Creative Scotland - BOP Consulting  project
Arts Council England - BOP Consulting project
Royal Opera House - BOP Consulting  project
European Commission - BOP Consulting  project
Taiwan Design Centre - BOP Consulting  project
British Council - BOP Consulting  project
Goethe Institut - BOP Consulting project

Featured Articles

Evaluation and Impact Assessment

September 12, 2023 at 11:00:00 AM

Chief Economist, Jonathan Todd, travelled to V&A Dundee to present the findings of our five-year Impact Study with 'tialt' to museum staff and stakeholders.

V&A Dundee Impact Study Featured in the Scotsman, The Herald & Scottish Field

Teodora Lazar

June 28, 2023 at 11:00:00 AM

The publication of our Impact Assessment of Edinburgh Festivals marks one of the most significant cultural impact studies to date.

Edinburgh Festivals Evaluation Featured in BBC Scotland & The Scotsman

Jonathan Todd

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Our expertise

Read about how we can help you with your projects

Great Place Legacy Report

Great Place Legacy Report

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Launched in 2016, Great Place was a strategic programme that aimed to achieve systemic change, investing in 16 projects that enhanced culture’s role in local decision-making and policy. Our evaluation extended beyond the programme's conclusion in mid-2021, assessing the early legacy impacts.

Arts Council England

Impact Assessment Edinburgh Festivals

Impact Assessment Edinburgh Festivals

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A follow-up to our 2010 and 2015 Impact Studies, our Edinburgh Festivals Impact Assessment involved more than 22,000 participants.

Festivals Edinburgh

Evaluation Audience of the Future

Evaluation of the ISCF Audience of the Future

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Our Final Report of the evaluation of the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund ‘Audience of the Future’ (ISCF AotF).

NDT Broadgate

Economic Impact of NDT Broadgate

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British Land and New Diorama Theatre reveal the substantial social and economic impact of their 12 month-long NDT Broadgate initiative, which saw 20,000sq ft of creative space provided to over 8,800 independent and freelance artists free of charge over 2021-2022.


British Land

Evaluation of the DCMS Culture Recovery Fund

Evaluation of the DCMS Culture Recovery Fund

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The Department for Culture, Media and Sport Culture Recovery Fund is the largest one-off package for culture in England’s history. Working alongside ECORYS and IPSOS we are pleased to share the evaluation report. The Fund supported more than 5000 organisations and sites. In turn, these organisations supported over 100,000 jobs and another 100,000 freelancers.

Department for Culture, Media and Sport

Evaluation of SubSaharan Africa Arts – 2018-21 Impact report

Evaluation of SubSaharan Africa Arts – 2018-21 Impact report

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Our evaluation of the programme has informed the 2021/2022 strategy of the programme, which will continue to focus on supporting creative and cultural professionals in the region.

British Council

Culture and High Streets – Final Report

Culture and High Streets – Final Report

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This report points to a body of evidence that demonstrates the role culture and creativity plays in attracting footfall to the high street, generating spend and creating civic pride.

Arts Council England

World Cities Culture Report 2014

World Cities Culture Report 2014

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This report examines the cultural offer of 24 of the world’s greatest cities. It gathers evidence on 60 cultural indicators, assessing both the supply of and demand for culture, and reports on the thinking of cultural policymakers in those places.

World Cities Culture Forum (WCCF)

Featured Reports

Evaluation and Impact Assessment

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