Arts Award Local Area Action Research Projects 2017-18

Five conditions to make your Arts Award grow, identified through A New Direction’s Action Research Programme

Why is it that the Arts Award flourishes in some places, building year upon year with practice becoming embedded and impact seen and valued, and yet in other places, it fails to ever get started?

Six organisations partnered with A New Direction to explore this question. Working on individual experiments and testing out new approaches, they named assumptions, looked afresh and let go! Together they shared their learning, challenged thinking, supported risk, inspired change and acted as allies.

The conditions for growth they identified have been brought together to form a self-assessment framework, through which organisations can gauge where they need to place their focus in order to achieve sustainable growth. Accompanied alongside the framework is a project report that lays out the action research approach and, through this lens, the individual action research projects.

Download the self-assessment framework & report