The Visual Arts Strategy team at Arts Council England's national office led by Director, Vivienne Bennett have been working with Annabel Jackson Associates on the evaluation of the first three years of Turning Point activity.
As part of this process we have started to develop a 'Logic Model' for our work, that tests means and ends by linking what we are doing (activities), with what we produce (outputs), with intended results for both the short and medium term (outcomes), and with the long term changes we are trying to affect (impacts).
The W.K. Kellogg Foundation (whose Logic Model Development Guide is recommended for anyone planning or evaluation projects) describes the Logic Model has:
"a picture of how your organization does its work – the theory and assumptions underlying the program. A program logic model links outcomes (both short- and long-term) with program activities/processes and the theoretical assumptions/principles of the program" (page 7 of the development guide).
We are sharing the DRAFT version of this logic model now, and welcome feedback. We want to know if things are missing, and whether the logic works.
Please note that this is our first attempt and we will continue to develop this in parallel to the broader national consultation the Arts Council is delivering. Our aim is that once the priorities for the arts are set, we in the Visual Arts team are clear about how our work with you is helping to achieve great art for everyone.
With a robust Logic Model in place we will also be in a position to agree clearly defined indicators for success, and powerful messages about the importance of our work as a sector to maintaining a vibrant cultural landscape.