Impact and Engagement: Going Forward with Evaluation 6th October 2016


CUBGWhether you have funded projects that you need to evaluate for your reporting purposes or you want to improve your practice through evaluating your learning programme, evaluation is key to measuring the impact of your work. This training day will combine hands-on sessions and talks drawing on the expertise of academics, practitioners, evaluation consultants and funders to give a rounded perspective on how and why it is important to measure public engagement at your site.


Welcome to Cambridge University Botanic Garden
Introductions and What do we mean by ‘Evaluation’
How to Evaluate your Project Effectively
  • Dr. Kion Ahadi, Heritage Lottery Fund

Insights into what a funder such as HLF considers “good” evaluation practice and why it is important to them. Explore how a logic model could help evaluate your project with examples and also share case studies of good practice from the HLF portfolio of funded projects.

You can see Dr Ahadi’s  presentation here

Ethnographic evaluation methods: ‘Tracking’ and ‘Walk and Talk’ techniques
  • Sarah-Jane Harknett, University of Cambridge Museums
  • Dr Elsa Lee, University of Cambridge

Understanding how visitors use informal education sites and how to use will tracking methods and other techniques.

You can see Sarah-Jane Harknett’s presentation here

Practical session: Trying out Tracking and Walk and Talk techniques in the Garden
  • Sarah-Jane Harknett, University of Cambridge Museums
  • Dr Elsa Lee, University of Cambridge
Evaluation: Sometimes you just need to get creative!
  • Kate Measures, Heritage Insider

A fast paced session as a whirlwind tour of evaluation techniques many of which can be achieved with little or no budget; just a bit of imagination!

You can see Kate Measures’ presentation here

 Our speakers

You can find a biography of all our speakers here. Many thanks to all for sharing their time, expertise and enthusiasm.

Photos: you can see some of the activities and what was produced in the last session!

Our Host Garden

CUBG logoMany thanks to staff at Cambridge University Botanic Garden for making us feel so welcome, a great lunch and for use of  the stunning gardens in the afternoon.