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Background to self-evaluation

Why self-evaluate?

Self-evaluation is the opportunity to find ways to improve your organisation's performance and so to achieve more. It is a holistic process during which you reflect on and consider all elements of your activities and operations; collect information and evidence; and identify your organisation's strengths on which to build and limitations to be addressed.

Effective self-evaluation means being clear about what you exist to do and what success will look like for you

Your plan should clearly explain what you are setting out to achieve and how you are going to decide whether or not you have done so. These success measures, including any objectives and targets you have set yourself, provide the basis for your subsequent self-evaluations. 

Once you have completed your self-evaluation, you will be in a position to decide what you have learnt from the process and what you want to do differently in the future to become even more successful. The clarity that you achieve will help you to take informed risks and to communicate your value to various constituencies. Your funders will also be able to identify how their aims can be met through supporting you.

This self-evaluation framework will enable you to evaluate:

  • your vision
  • the external environment
  • your artistic aspirations, the quality of your art and your programme
  • your engagement
  • your organisational capacity and capability
  • your business model

It will help you to produce rigorous plans informed by your evaluation and establish shared confidence in your plans and your ability to implement them.