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Evaluation of CCE/NCB arts and cultural activities project with looked after children

Sunday 24 March 2013

OPM were commissioned by Creativity Culture and Education (CCE) to evaluate the impact of a programme of arts and cultural activities funded by CCE on three groups of looked after children. The project had been proposed by the National Children’s Bureau (NCB) who also managed the project. The activities were delivered by three cultural organisations located in different parts of the UK:

  • Customs House, based in South Shields, Tyne and Wear
  • Pie Factory Music, based in Ramsgate, Kent
  • Whitewood and Fleming, based in Ulverston, Cumbria

The objective of this evaluation was to understand the impact and effectiveness of the various arts and cultural activities for the looked after children that participated. As well as understanding what impacts each of the projects is responsible for, the evaluation also focused on how each project created those impacts. Understanding how different elements of the projects have contributed to impacts identified is key to the sustainability of this line of work and will support the replication of projects beyond the three current settings.