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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

Through our work managing and leading the  World Cities Culture Forum  and through projects in Europe, South America, the Middle East and Asia, our work has set the agenda for some of the most pressing urban cultural policy opportunities and challenges of the day. 

Culture: The cornerstone of the UK’s high streets

Our research into the UK's high streets found that 69% of people think culture on their high street makes their area a better place to live.

Arts Council England

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

Evaluation of London Creative Network

Understanding the impact of creative practitioner development programmes

London Creative Network

The value of a residency by Secret Cinema

Assessing local and regional economic impact

Secret Cinema

Evaluation of Creative Europe, European Commission

Assessing the impact of the world’s largest transnational fund for culture

European Commission

Evaluation of Liverpool Biennial 2016

Understanding Liverpool Biennial’s economic, social and cultural impact.

Liverpool Biennial

Evaluation of the BFI Film Academy

Our research programme helped steer the roll-out of the Film Academy, which aims to train and inspire the next generation of British filmmakers, and evaluate its performance as a gold-standard, industry-focused educational programme.

The British Film Institute (BFI)

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

Based on our impact analysis we estimate $750 billion in lost GVA for the CCI as a result of the pandemic so far.

UNESCO

Evaluation of ArtsTrain

Building skills and confidence through music

ArtsTrain

Contemporary art connects the local and global

Liverpool Biennial 2018 brings the world to Liverpool and Liverpool to the world

Liverpool Biennial

Supporting mid-career artists

Our evaluation of the London Creative Network published

London Creative Network

Exploring visual art and European identity

Evaluating the Goethe-Institut's Collecting Europe programme

Goethe-Institut

Our research into the UK's high streets found that 69% of people think culture on their high street makes their area a better place to live.

Culture: The cornerstone of the UK’s high streets

Arts Council England

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

Understanding the impact of creative practitioner development programmes

Evaluation of London Creative Network

London Creative Network

Assessing local and regional economic impact

The value of a residency by Secret Cinema

Secret Cinema

Assessing the impact of the world’s largest transnational fund for culture

Evaluation of Creative Europe, European Commission

European Commission

Understanding Liverpool Biennial’s economic, social and cultural impact.

Evaluation of Liverpool Biennial 2016

Liverpool Biennial

Our research programme helped steer the roll-out of the Film Academy, which aims to train and inspire the next generation of British filmmakers, and evaluate its performance as a gold-standard, industry-focused educational programme.

Evaluation of the BFI Film Academy

The British Film Institute (BFI)

Based on our impact analysis we estimate $750 billion in lost GVA for the CCI as a result of the pandemic so far.

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

UNESCO

Building skills and confidence through music

Evaluation of ArtsTrain

ArtsTrain

Liverpool Biennial 2018 brings the world to Liverpool and Liverpool to the world

Contemporary art connects the local and global

Liverpool Biennial

Our evaluation of the London Creative Network published

Supporting mid-career artists

London Creative Network

Evaluating the Goethe-Institut's Collecting Europe programme

Exploring visual art and European identity

Goethe-Institut

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

Programs based on place evaluation

January 18, 2019, 12:00:00 AM

Five challenges and approaches

Evaluating place-based funding programmes

Jonathan Todd

Catalyst:Evolve programme evaluation

November 6, 2019, 12:00:00 AM

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

Getting your board onboard

Rossella Traverso

cultural organisations raise money

June 27, 2019, 12:00:00 AM

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

How do cultural organisations raise money?

Rossella Traverso

Places transformed by culture

March 22, 2019, 12:00:00 AM

Cultural Cities Enquiry highlights difference culture makes to places

Places transformed by culture

Jonathan Todd

Growth of the creative and digital industries

March 11, 2019, 12:00:00 AM

Cultural Cities Enquiry identifies new ways forward on cultural funding

Opportunities to grow cultural investment

Jonathan Todd

The key to unlocking all our creativity

March 7, 2019, 12:00:00 AM

Cultural Cites Enquiry signposts new ways forward for cultural talent

Unlocking all our creativity

Jonathan Todd

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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)

Bop Report for Arts council - England Catalyst Evaluation Year Three

Catalyst Evaluation Year Three - Final Report

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Catalyst is a £68 million culture sector-wide private giving investment scheme aimed at helping arts organisations build the capacity and ability to fundraise, so they can access more funding from private sources and eventually further diversify their revenue sources.

Arts Council England

Arts Council England Review of the Cultural Compact, Impacts of the pandemic

Review of the Cultural Compacts Initiative

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The purpose of this report is to consider how we can radically increase the ability of our cities to use culture to drive inclusive growth.

Arts Council England

Design to the UK Economy, Design Council's Report

The Design Economy 2018 – Report

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The Design Economy 2018 is the Design Council's report on the state of design in the UK, and its value to the economy.

Design Council

MEASURING MUSIC REPORT,  Music Industry, Music Sector, Music Exports, Music Publishing

Measuring Music – 2015 Report

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Measuring Music is created on behalf of UK Music and its members to highlight the economic contribution of the music industry to the UK economy.

UK Music

AV Festival important artistic and economic contribution

Evaluation of AV Festival 2016 - Final Report

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BOP Consulting concludes that AV Festival has once again shown its important artistic and economic contribution to the North East.

AV Festival

Featured Reports

Evaluation and Impact Assessment