Read an independent evaluation of our work

During 2022 we commissioned consultancy Partnership First to undertake an independent review of our work since our formation in 2003. We asked them to make Key Findings in relation to six areas:

● Vision, Organisation and Leadership
● Policies and Procedures
● Fundraising
● Partner Engagement and Impact
● Quality Assurance
● Social Value

Partnership First provides expert and independent advice, evaluations, and support to aid organisations in setting up and maintaining effective partnerships and project development across the creative arts sector.

Why do an evaluation?

The aim of this process was to assess our working practices to help us understand what we are doing well at Create and where there is room for improvement. Ultimately, we wanted to understand the impact that we’re having on our participants and the organisations that we partner with to deliver our programmes. This learning is incredibly valuable to us, and will be used to tighten up our processes and improve our project delivery.   

In order to complete the review, Partnership First collated a range of evidence for analysis, including:

● A review of documentation held by Create or in the public domain
● A survey completed by a range of stakeholders, including our community partners, funders and artists
● Interviews with a range of stakeholders

We are incredibly grateful to everyone who took the time to respond to the surveys and take part in the interviews.

Meeting our aims

“Create has had a major impact on the lives of the participants, and beyond them to their families and their local communities.”

Partnership First evaluation report

The review delivered a strong set of results. It found that:


of respondents said Create fully met or exceeded its aim to connect, empower and inspire participants


of respondents said Create’s partnership working was either good or excellent


of respondents said they rated Create’s project delivery as either good or excellent


of funders rated Create’s impact as excellent or good

“With Create, it isn’t just something that is written down on a piece of paper – they mean it. Create delivers what it stands for.”

Alice Dias, Chief Executive, Lambeth Carers Hub
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You can read the executive summary of the report below, or download the full report by clicking here or on the button below.

This work was funded by a grant from the Aesop Foundation.

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