RESEARCH & EVALUATION

I have undertaken a number of research and evaluation focused commissions in recent years, supporting community consortiums and cultural organisations to develop and reflect upon the learning and engagement activity they offer. My participatory arts practice informs a people-focused approach to data collection, interpretation and dissemination.

Clients include: Future Creators (aka Our Future City), Brighton Youth Centre, Royal Pavilion & Museums, Brighton & Hove, London College of Fashion (UAL) , Heritage Learning, Brighton & Hove, The Learning Liaison Forum, Creative Future.

Ben Whyman, Manager of the Centre for Fashion Curation, a research centre based at London College of Fashion:

The Centre for Fashion Curation recruited Lindsey to undertake audience evaluation of our 2017-18 ‘Wear It Out’ NLHF-funded project. Lindsey designed evaluation questionnaires, worked with different audiences and compiled a report for this project. Her informed, creative and flexible working methods meant we gathered large amounts of rich data to analyse and reflect on. Lindsey’s clear and consistent approaches resulted in feedback that was focused and clear and ready to present to funders. We thoroughly enjoyed working with her.

Wear It Out Evaluation: As part of the project evaluation I produced this film to document the final public event and capture feedback from the Young People’s Project Team participants, 2018.

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Hannah Coxeter, B.fest Manager and Lead Youth Worker at Brighton Youth Centre:

Lindsey is a pleasure to work. She is adaptable and loves the challenge of working in dynamic youth arts environments. She is always progressive in her thinking and passionate about assuring the quality of the engagement we offer was captured. We were so pleased with how Lindsey approached, captured and collated the evaluation and how she worked with the young people and the team at BYC to make this as holistic as possible.

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B.Fest evaluation: Participatory session evaluating B.Fest 2019 (Brighton’s Youth Arts Festival), facilitated by Hannah Coxeter. Photo credit: Lindsey Smith

Helen Graham, Volunteer & Workforce Development Manager, Royal Pavilion & Museums:

I absolutely love working with Lindsey.  She is creative and adaptable. Lindsey has carried out two notable evaluations for us here at the Royal Pavilion & Museums Trust. One being an internal piece of work to evaluate our Workforce Development Programme for our front of house teams which needed to be handled sensitively.  Lindsey did a fantastic job of running sessions and 121s to capture a wealth of information that has informed how we have continued to develop the programme.  The other was a substantial project for the Heritage Learning Partnership. Lindsey managed all expectations brilliantly, and not only lead the project, but provided an evaluation report showing what partners, schools and their children had gained from their involvement.

Workforce Development Programme Royal Pavilion & Museums Trust, 2016 Photo credit: Alice Forward
Heritage Learning Project 2015 Photo credit: Tom Wichelow