Evaluation is key to the PAR process that informs this project. We try something out, reflect on how it went, evaluate its impact, and share our findings to inform the next piece of work.
From October 2020 to May 2021, independent evaluator Emma King Consultancy worked with the Platt Hall team to better understand both the social impact of the project to date and its impact on organisational practice.
Emma interviewed participants, partners and staff to explore how the project is working to shift perceptions of Platt Hall locally, the benefits and challenges of developing a workable model of power-sharing, the relevance and potential of the collections within a local context, and the role of art and creativity in this process. Her findings, which are set out in a final report, will inform the next phase of planning for the development of the Hall
I really like the way there’s no solid one big goal – the goal is the conversations and the goal is the building up of the relationships rather than, say for instance, the goal being a lift and a café."
Over the summer of 2021 we also partnered with film-makers Belle Vue Productions to capture a range of perspectives on progress to date, and to reflect on how our thinking has developed. As academic researchers at the University of Manchester, Sophie Everest and Andy Hardman from Belle Vue also bring their research interests in film as a socially engaged practice that in its very process invites collaboration and co-creation.
Our first film together, Platt Hall Inbetween, marks the start of a longer research relationship, using film practice to develop and capture relationships between communities, collections and cultural practice.