Evaluation Commission 2 – Local Cultural Education Partnerships  

Closing Date: October 2, 2020
Commission fee of up to £6,000 including VAT, travel and expenses p.a.

Evaluation commissions

We are seeking individuals, small teams or organisations to research and evaluate two areas of our Bridge work. You should have a strong understanding of the arts and cultural sector, and consortium working. We are open to one party taking on both commissions. All applications will be treated equally regardless of whether you choose to apply for one or both commissions 

Deadline for expressions of interest for both commissions: 9am Friday 2 October 2020 

We are IVE 

IVE is working to ensure a better, more creative future for children and young people, schools, and businesses. We support the development of creativity as a transferable skill to improve employability and productivity. We connect young people with great arts and cultural opportunities and aim to inspire the next generation of creative and culturally literate entrepreneurs.  

Established in 1997, and formally known as CapeUK, we have been at the cutting edge of creative learning policy and practice for more than 20 years. Since April 2012, a significant part of our work has been as Arts Council England’s (ACE) Bridge organisation for Yorkshire and the Humber. As Bridge we work with a broad range of partners in the region, including the arts and cultural sector, education sector and local authorities, to help children and young people access great arts and cultural experiences and develop their creativity. 

Evaluation Commission 2 – Local Cultural Education Partnerships

Looking at the impact of our work with and support of Local Cultural Education Partnerships in Yorkshire and Humber, you’ll evaluate and report on the development, progress and impact of Local Cultural Education Partnerships in Yorkshire and Humber, with a particular focus on future sustainability 

In December 2015, Arts Council England launched The Cultural Education Challenge to improve the alignment of cultural education for young people through newly formed Local Cultural Education Partnerships (LCEPs). Bridge organisations were charged with the setting up and establishing LCEPs. Five years on, we want to evaluate the development and impact of our 15 LCEPs in Yorkshire and Humber. Our ambition is to identify approaches, support and structures that lead to significant impact and benefits for stakeholders. Secondly, we want to identify opportunities for further development aligned to Arts Council’s Let’s Create strategy, with a view to LCEPs being self-sustaining by 2022.  

The commission fee is up to £6,000 including VAT, travel and expenses. To be completed by 4 December 2020. 


Since 2015, IVE has supported the development of 15 Local Cultural Education Partnerships (LCEPs) across Yorkshire and Humber. LCEPs are cross-sector, strategic partnerships that work together to unite and improve cultural education for children and young people in their local area. These have been developed in response to Arts Council England’s Cultural Education Challenge: a call for arts and cultural organisations, educational institutions and local authorities to come together to drive a joined-up arts and cultural offer locally, sharing resources and bringing about a more coherent and visible delivery of high-quality cultural education for all children and young people. https://www.artscouncil.org.uk/children-and-young-people/cultural-education-challenge-0 

Every LCEP is different – they are locally driven, rooted in the specific challenges and opportunities of their local area. However, what they all have in common is that they are cross-sector strategic groups working together to focus on the key local issues for cultural education and aiming to make long-term and sustainable impact. The aim of Cultural Education Partnerships is to aid and support strategic work, ensuring that arts and cultural development with, for and by children and young people responds to identified need and reaches those young people least engaged, as well as bringing added value to investment, creating economies of scale and addressing needs through joint planning and collaboration.  

 The brief 

The 15 LCEPs in Yorkshire and Humber are all at different stages of development. Our ambition is to work to move LCEPs towards self-sustainability by 2022We require an evaluation process that captures and reports on the development and impact of the LCEPs in the region. Our ambition is to identify approaches, support and structures that lead to significant impact, helping us and our LCEPs to understand the value, impact and future opportunities for the partnerships. Secondly, we want to identify opportunities for further development aligned to Arts Council’s Let’s Create strategy 2020-30, with a view to LCEPs being self-sustaining by 2022.  

 We wish to evaluate the development and impact of LCEPs in Yorkshire and Humber in order to 

Timescale for work 

To be carried out between 12 October and 4 December 2020. 

 How to apply 

Please supply the following as part of your proposal: 

 Please submit your application to April Shilston via e-mail: april@weareive.org 

 The closing date for applications is 9am on Friday 2 October 2020. 

Interviews will be held in the afternoon of Thursday 8 October 2020.

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