Evaluation support to the Barnsley Museums NPO programme
Armstrong Cameron was appointed in January 2019 to support Barnsley Museums in developing an evaluation framework for its ambitious NPO programme. Amongst our responsibilities are the development and delivery of development and training sessions to enhance the capacity of the team to develop and manage evaluation; the development of fit for purpose evaluation tools for each aspect of the NPO programme; and ongoing individualised support to team members.
‘You … never send me any of the new phrases of the town… Pray what is meant by wellness and unwellness?’ (from a 1655 letter from Dorothy Osborne to her husband, Sir William Temple)
Debate about what exactly constitutes health, wellness and wellbeing has been around for centuries.
As part of our evaluation work with Barnsley Museums, we facilitated a session with the team to interrogate what notions of wellbeing mean in their specific context: what interventions contribute to wellbeing and how can we measure their impact? The outcomes were thought – provoking and stimulating and we look forward to continuing to work with the team in demonstrating the impact of the excellent work that they do across their sites.
We’re just embarking on what promises to be an ambitious, multi – layered evaluation of Barnsley MBC’s engagement programmes across its heritage sites. Over the course of two years, we’ll be working alongside programme leads, visitor assistants, learning assistants and volunteers to develop and implement a robust framework which captures the value of the work with schools, communities, families and others.
It’s great to work with clients who understand and appreciate the value of using evaluation as an opportunity for critical reflection, professional development and forward planning.