Between 2011 and 2015, in partnership with the National Foundation for Education Research (NFER), we examined the values or principles that are considered important in creating quality in arts and culture by, with and for children and young people.  The work was commissioned by Arts Council england and had three aims:

  • to reveal and debate the principles of quality which the arts and cultural sector believe should underpin practice
  • to examine how these might be supported by reviewing existing frameworks and tools in this area
  • to test a set of principles in practice

The first phase of the research search included a detailed review of existing frameworks in education and the arts, and online and real-life ‘quality conversations’ much of which focused on the interactions between the artistic goals of practitioners, their social goals, and the goals of young participants themselves.

In the second first phase we continued to work with Arts Council England to test the quality principles with organisations willing to be pilots.  We and NFER worked with them to develop and evaluate their pilot projects.  We did this by defining the logic models or hypotheses which underpin them. We will also created technical evaluation tools (surveys, question frames, and analytical tools) for them to measure their progress.  This is all set within a formative programme evaluation process.

Download the 2012 report Raising the Standard of Work by, with and for Children and Young People

Download the 2015 report Using Quality Principles in Work For, By and With Children and Young People

See our Prezi about the Quality Princples project

Read more about the quality principles on the Arts Council England website

Image: Sutton Music Service by Explore Sutton on Flickr