Creative Consulting & Development Works

We are a research, evaluation and communications consultancy, servicing nonprofits, governments and donors with innovative solutions within the development context.

Project: Artscape Resource Centre Evaluation

Client: Artscape
Duration: March – June 2007

Creative Consulting & Development Works has had a long-standing working relationship with Artscape, providing support for the implementation, planning, fundraising and marketing of Artscape projects since 2003. In March 2007, technical assistance came in the form of a process evaluation of the Skills Development Programme offered by the Artscape Resource Centre.

The objectives of the Skills Development Programme were:

Various training programmes were offered to build skills and capacity of individuals active in the arts and culture sector. These included project and finance administration, events management, marketing and computing. The purpose of the evaluation was to assess the impact and effectiveness of the Skills Development Programme in meeting these objectives.

The CC&DW team used focus groups as part of a qualitative research approach to capturing the artists’ perceptions and experiences of the training programmes. In addition, our sound methodological approach included:

Critical analysis of the communication, programme design and programme implementation of the training courses was employed to inform effectiveness of the programme in meeting the needs of emerging artists. The outcomes of the evaluation, based on the recommendations, highlight the importance of strengthening and enhancing skills development programmes. This ensures that the needs of those benefiting from the programmes are met and that skills transfer and capacity building in the development of young artists is assured.

A diverse group of artists took part in Artscape's skills development programme

Zani Khumalo of Development Works observes the effectiveness of the Resource Centre's training programme