Raising the standard of artistic work by, with and for children and young people

    This research was commissioned by Arts Council England in 2011 from Shared Intelligence, working jointly with our partners the National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER).

    The work was to support Arts Council England’s strategic goal of improving the standard of arts experiences for children and young people by exploring the values and principles that create quality in arts and culture by, with and for children and young people.

    Alongside NFER’s comprehensive research and analysis into existing quality and outcomes frameworks Shared Intelligence led a large stakeholder engagement process, which included practitioner interviews, workshops to co-produce and validate a set of quality principles which would meet the needs of both Arts Council and the sector, and an online conversation about the quality of young people’s arts experiences.

    Our engagement process was an extension of the collaborative Arts Council had already established for this work, in which they sought to use their convening power to create the space for practitioner debate about raising quality, without dictating the answers.

    Following the main research phase Shared Intelligence designed a further stakeholder event for Arts Council in February 2013 in collaboration with Re:Bourne the community and youth arts arm of the Matthew Bourne dance company.

    In Arts Council England’s short film of the event Ben Lee from Shared Intelligence (and others) explains the aims of the event.

    The main report, which includes the quality principles can be found here.

    A Prezi animation of the project process can be found here.

    Client: Arts Council England

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