Tate Exchange, Research, Reflective Practice and Evaluation Programme was a 12 month period of activity that ran from from Sept 2016- Jul 2017. It was designed to examine and support the development of best practice in relation to the research and evaluation of participatory arts, education and cultural practices which aim to make a positive difference in society. The programme responded to the pressing need, not only for more rigorous research and evaluation in this area, but also for greater knowledge generation and sharing across the arts, health, social care and education sectors in relation to methodologies and techniques that can provide the evidence needed to account for the value of this work.
To address these challenges, this project involved Tate working collaboratively with a wide range of organisations as part of the Tate Exchange programme to co-investigate the key questions that need to be posed and the methods that need to be adopted and to disseminate findings through events, publications and online. In doing so the programme and subsequent findings provide insights and practical guidance to support organisations and individuals involved with participatory arts practices in the UK and internationally to research, reflect on and evaluate their work more deeply and authentically in the future.