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Economic Impact and Evaluation Training Workshop – Scottish Borders Council - Dr Stephen Connolly recently delivered a training workshop for the Economic Development team at Scottish Borders Council as part of their team away day.  The workshop developed the knowledge of staff around some of the key issues for economic impact and evaluation, and combined lecture style presentation elements with interactive, group activities for staff to help develop their appreciation of the key principles and practices around evaluation and economic impact. This session follows previous similar training and workshops delivered by both of DC Research’s Directors.  For further information about the range of economic impact, economic evaluation and appraisal training that we offer please contact either Stephen or Jonathan.

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Workshop Facilitation – Fundraising Planning for Keswick Museum and Art Gallery - DC Research recently supported Keswick Museum and Art Gallery (KMAG) around developing its fundraising planning by facilitating a workshop with staff and trustees to explore the various fundraising and income generation opportunities for the museum. This workshop builds on our previous support to museums and the wider heritage sector across the UK on issues around fundraising, income generation, advocacy and making the case for support. For further information about the types of support we can offer please contact either of our Directors, Jonathan Durnin or Dr Stephen Connolly.

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Evaluation of Leicester Innovation Workspace (DOCK) - DC Research has been appointed by Leicester City Council and LCB Depot to provide an Evaluation Report for the Leicester Innovation Workspace (DOCK).  The construction of the Leicester Innovation Workspace, also known as the DOCK, began in December 2010, and was completed in Autumn 2013.  Located on Pioneer Park, the DOCK provides office, lab and workshop space for knowledge economy businesses, with emphasis on high tech, and low carbon enterprises, and is a component part in the City Council’s focus on promoting growth in technology industries in Leicester.  It was funded by ERDF, Leicester City Council and the Homes and Communities Agency. The evaluation will include a survey of all businesses and individuals that have been supported by the DOCK, and a range of case studies to provide in-depth insights into the difference made by the project.  In March 2015, Leicester City Council announced it would be developing DOCK 2 next to DOCK at Pioneer Park. For further information, pl

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Evaluating the impact of HLF’s Collecting Cultures programme - Heritage Lottery Fund have published the final reports of the Impact Evaluation of the Collecting Cultures Initiative delivered by DC Research.  The Evaluation investigates how well the programme met its aims, and its overall impact, and includes case studies of all 22 projects. The reports show whether, and how, the museums demonstrated a step change in their collections development, how strategic collecting  impacted on overall collections development and the degree to which the museum’s project improved professional knowledge and skills. The Collecting Cultures programme was established partly in response to a number of developments around collections development in the museums sector. It provided funding to enable institutions to build collections strategically through acquisitions over a period of time. The programme awarded grants to 22 projects totalling £3.14 million, supporting the aims of (i) the development and use of all types of collection; (ii) a broad geographi

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Viability Scenarios for Denbighshire - DC Research has been appointed by Bodelwyddan Castle Trust and Denbighshire County Council to develop viability scenarios for funded heritage sites in Denbighshire. This work, supported by the Welsh Government, will investigate and test options based on evidence of demand and sustainability potential, and builds on our expanding portfolio of expertise on evidence led resilience for museums and the heritage sector. 

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DC Research welcomes Chris Berriman to the team - Christopher joined DC Research in early 2015 providing research support across the full spectrum of DC Research’s projects. In his role as Researcher, Chris assists the Directors through a variety of support tasks, such as documentation collection and collation, web searching, data inputting, and survey administration tasks. Chris graduated from the University of Exeter in 2014 with a BA (Hons) in Politics and International Relations. During his University studies, Chris carried out extensive document and content analysis in the production of various essays and portfolios, covering a range of domestic, European and broader international political dynamics. Throughout the course, Chris developed and consolidated new research skills in research methods and techniques. He had the opportunity to put these skills into practice, both through the course, in a policy brief produced for the HACAN ClearSkies, and through independent work experience with Coventry City Council. At the conclusio

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Building Bideford’s Cultural Offer - Devon Libraries (Devon County Council) and The Burton Art Gallery and Museum (Torridge District Council) are exploring the potential to redevelop The Burton into a larger building, incorporating a library service as well as an art gallery and museum.  As part of this work, DC Research have been appointed to work with Hilary McGowan, the Project Manager, to deliver research and analytical support reviewing the profile of existing audiences at both sites from existing statistics and data and investigating the scope to grow audiences and engagement through survey and focus group work in the town. 

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AIM Advocacy Toolkit: Evidencing Social and Environmental Impacts of Museums - AIM has now produced a practical advocacy toolkit that will be useful for independent museums, for those with local authority funding, university museums or indeed for anyone who needs to be able to advocate better for their museum. This new AIM Advocacy Toolkit, supported by Arts Council England and developed by DC Research can be used by all museums across the UK and comprises an impact evaluation/assessment framework which has been tested using evidence from a small number of AIM member museums. You can find out more about this new toolkit and download the associated documents here: Evidencing Social and Environmental Impacts of Museums: AIM Advocacy Toolkit “AIM is delighted to be publishing the Advocacy Impact Toolkit as a practical way of helping all museums make the case for their social and environmental contribution. It is the much needed accompaniment to AIM’s Economic Impact Toolkit, which is already used by museums across the UK to give robust evidence of the positive

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Evaluation Reports for the Leicester Creative Enterprise Hub - Building on successful national work for the Scottish and Welsh Governments, and a range of project evaluations, DC Research has been appointed by Leicester City Council and LCB Depot to provide Interim and Final Evaluation Reports for the Creative Enterprise Hub Project. The Creative Enterprise Hub Project, which has been running since 2010 funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the Working Neighbourhoods Fund (WNF), provides a comprehensive business development support programme to creative industries in Leicester. The evaluation will include a survey of all businesses and individuals that have been supported by Creative Enterprise Hub, and a range of case studies to provide in-depth insights into the difference made by the projects.

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Ar Stòras Gàidhlig: The Economic and Social Value of Gaelic as an Asset - The Economic and Social Value of Gaelic as an Asset Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) commissioned DC Research, along with partners Dr Douglas Chalmers, Pirnie Ltd and Cogent Strategies International to research the ways in which Gaelic delivers economic and social value within the region and for Scotland, and how that impact can be maximised. The research gathered detailed information from businesses, communities and social enterprises which are currently using Gaelic as an asset. The work is being led by HIE in partnership with Bòrd na Gàidhlig, Scottish Natural Heritage, Creative Scotland, The Highland Council, Argyll and Bute Council, and Comhairle nan Eilean Siar. The research aimed to identify examples of best practice in using Gaelic as an asset, highlight opportunities to scale up existing activity and develop a toolkit of analysed data and opportunities to guide HIE and  partners in supporting business innovation, internationalisation and sectoral development. The fi
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