Listening Projects – Consultation brief

We’re looking for organisations interested in leading on the delivery of Listening Projects – a new piece of consultation aimed at understanding the evolving dynamics in the city in the wake of COVID-19.

In January and February 2021, we will undertake five Listening Projects, each focussed on a different theme (expanded below). We want to hear from families and young Londoners as well as organisations and partners who work across the rich ecology that supports young people, culture and creativity in different areas of the city and regionally.

The Listening Projects will be a rapid sense-making process; a mix of virtual conversations – including group conversations and individual interviews – which build on learning and evidence emerging from published materials exploring the current context for our sector and young Londoners.

What’s involved

We’re looking for organisations interested in leading on one or more of five Listening Projects, each focussed on a particular theme (more below), to include:

  • Planning a central question in consultation with A New Direction to guide the Listening Project
  • Planning and convening at least one group/roundtable conversation focussing on the theme, including seeking representation prioritising diverse perspectives and opinions on the topic
  • Designing and undertaking a small interview process to complement the roundtable discussion
  • Analysing findings and presenting a written overview of outcomes to A New Direction by Friday 19 February 2021

Organisations or individuals can apply to lead one or more than one Listening Project.

Theme 1: The experience of young Londoners

Theme 2: Supporting organisations leading practice

Theme 3: The Climate Emergency

Theme 4: Enabling cultural communities

Theme 5: Employment and work

Download the full brief


A maximum of £4,500 inclusive of VAT is available for Listening Project themes 1, 3, 4 and 5 below and £6,000 inclusive of VAT is available for Listening Project 2 (a total of £24,000 across the five Listening Projects).

Expressions of interest

To express interest in leading one or more of the Listening Projects above, please send an expression of interest document no more than three A4 sides in length to by 5pm on Tuesday 15 December.

We'll get back in touch with all applicants by Monday 21 December 2020 and hope to hold set-up meetings with Listening Project leads on Monday 11 January.