After an amazing week at Findhorn, on the Moray Firth, scoping and bonding with our GSA partners, we are headed back to Lancaster to move forwards with the next stages of the Leapfrog project.

Whilst in nearby Forres, we visited Horizon Scotland, where GSA have part of their Design Innovation department, and got the chance to meet up with potential community partners for a new short project led by the GSA Leapfrog team. GSA have appointed their Research Associate — Arthi, who worked with myself, and members of Findhorn Bay Arts and Eden Court Creatives, to establish an understanding of some of the challenges that the community partners felt we might be able to help them with.

After an information gathering exercise, in which both organisations explained all about themselves and the work they do in the Highland area, we quickly identified that there were some  issues surrounding evaluation processes and reporting that Leapfrog could help make a difference with, through our co-​design approach. These being; the actual evaluation process itself, the types of different types of data collected meant for different destinations and how we can frame reporting appropriately, the need to guide policy makers through areas surrounding the value of qualitative data and “story telling’ as a means of validating participant experience, and the use of evaluation reporting to contribute to securing funding, in particular for projects with an emphasis on preventative spend.

The Leapfrog team are now developing ideas and opportunities to assist in co-​designing suitable, creative and fun evaluation tools with our new community partners, that lead on to relevant and accurate reporting which fulfils policy makers’ and funders’ criteria and, hopefully, extends their understanding of the value of a more qualitative orientated approach when gathering feedback and reflecting on community activities.

We aim to move this short project forwards quite speedily, so watch this space for further updates !