A big thanks to the 100 NPOs and MPMs who came to the Learning and Insight days that we ran in Birmingham, Bristol, London, Manchester and Newcastle over the last two weeks.


It was great to see you all face to face and hear about your experiences using the quality metrics and the Culture Counts platform. In the coming months we will post blogs from some of you on your key insights and challenges. Get in touch if you want to write something.


For those who were unable to make the sessions there are a few obvious headlines to share from the group discussions. Many of you talked about the challenge of managing the peer evaluation process, particularly those of you who aren’t evaluating an event in a major town or city. A number of organisations shared positive stories about how you have been discussing the Quality Metrics data in your organisations. As a result of the skills elements at the sessions there is strong support from all of you for Culture Counts to create additional resources for this microsite, for example about how to calculate standard deviations for dimension scores and wider evaluation tips and hints (we’ll tweet out updates so follow us!)


It was also clear that many of you are keen to share your data with other NPOs, some of whom are already taking part in this national test phase and some who are not. As you know you can share your evaluations with other participating NPOs in the dashboard. For those keen to share their data more widely, can we remind you that NPOs and MPMs not taking part in this quality metrics national test phase can register their interest with us to gain trial access to the Culture Counts platform under the terms of our Nesta, AHRC, ACE Digital R&D fund award (see our earlier news item). Remember the deadline for this closes on March 1st.


(Image credit: Royal West of England Academy)