In the second workshop of our collaboration with the V&A Learning and National Programmes team we looked in detail at the real-​world evaluation processes and pathways used by the team. These were visualised collaboratively, augmented with ‘skeleton’ tools co-​designed together previous, creating a rich picture of how the team currently capture the impact of their work, and how this could be enhanced further in the future through R&D.

Building on our previous collaborative workshop, we identified four basic strategies for capturing impact through evaluation:

  • Baseline & follow-​up – Multiple measurements showing change.
  • Self-​reflection – Asking someone to think back on what has changed.
  • Signals of change – A unique piece of data proving a change.
  • Expert observation – An expert observing and documenting change.

The ‘skeleton’ tools we’ve co-​designed together reflect our joint finding that good R&D requires more than effective methods and processes, it needs teams to creatively engage with the opportunities that research brings, and together develop new ways of working. By creating skeleton tools that are not complete solutions, we can help teams to imagine, plan and share new practice – collaborating to find the best way for particular projects, and building up shared knowledge of how best to approach new challenges in a creative, data-​driven and iterative way.