You should know have an understanding of what you want to find out (diagnosis) and how you are going to do it (design).
The next stage is to test these tools and protocols through a prototype. This will help:
- Test the usability of the tools with your volunteers.
- See if the tools give you the information you have identified in your diagnosis.
- Test the processes in a live situation with audiences and public who have been outside the development process.
- Identify skills, training and equipment needs.
- Develop confidence in the tools amongst those using them.
- Identify gaps in information.
- Test any ethical concerns.
- Identify any adaptations that may be needed for specific groups or contexts.
You may want to test the tools through comparing results with evaluation gathered through interviews.
For the Hastings events we developed our tools and protocols through an iterative process over 2 pilot projects:
- Fat Tuesday (February 2016).
- Blacksmiths on the Beach (September 2016).
This enabled us to refine our methods, recruit volunteers and provide appropriate training and tools for the main project.
Arts and culture evaluation toolkit