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National Evaluation of Creative Partnerships 2002-2004


October 1, 2006

Author: Caroline Sharp, David Pye, Jenny Blackmore, Ekua Brown, Anna Eames, Claire Easton, Caroline Filmer-Sankey, Audrey Tabary, Karen Whitby, Rebekah Wilson, Tom Benton.

Institution: National Foundation for Educational Research

Full reference: Sharp, C., Pye, D., Blackmore, J., Brown, E., Eames, A., Easton, C., Filmer-Sankey, C., Tabary, A., Whitby, K., Wilson, R., and Benton T. (2006) National Evaluation of Creative Partnerships. London: Arts Council England, Creative Partnerships

Summary of key findings

This report set out the main findings from the national evaluation of the pilot years of Creative Partnerships (2002 – 2004) when it operated in around 380 schools across 16 areas around England. It described policy developments that shaped the programme, identified key messages and made recommendations for the future. The evaluation found that Creative Partnerships was beginning to establish itself in project schools and that creative practitioners and school coordinators felt that the initiative had been beneficial to all those involved. The report concluded that Creative Partnerships appeared to have had an impact on schools, teachers and pupils. It recommended that Creative Partnerships should ensure that its aims and objectives are well communicated, should strengthen its systems and consolidate what had been learned in order to achieve greater impact and depth.

Research Questions & Methodology

The evaluation collected data from each of the participant groups: educational organisations, young people, creative practitioners, parents and staff involved in delivering Creative Partnerships, at different points during the progress of the first two years of the initiative. The analysis includes both quantitative and qualitative methods: questionnaire surveys; collection of attendance data; individual interviews; focus groups and case studies.

Read the report.