Research & Social Impact

Through interventions, workshops, consultation and curatorial support, 21 Artists is dedicated to documenting, evaluating and exploring social change, with a particular focus on the creative industries. 

Learn more about some of our current and past projects here.

Evaluation and research

We help artists, charities and organisations in arts and social change settings to better understand what they do and the impact of their work.

We use a creative approach at every stage of the evaluation process- from developing and implementing evaluation frameworks to analysing and presenting data collected.

In an increasingly competitive funding environment, we believe social impact is not only an essential tool for better understanding of an organisation’s mission and impact but can also be an incredible tool for diversifying revenue streams and communicating value to funders.

Based on experience in research, evaluation and fundraising from our team over the past ten years, we have developed a unique approach to collaborating with organisations to create bespoke social impact evaluation frameworks. This involves a theory of change and evaluation plan that fits with each project and it’s needs in a creative and flexible manner.

Workshops include:

Developing a Theory of Change

Analysing and presenting data

Creative data collection techniques

Creating a holistic evaluation plan

We also provide bespoke, longer term evaluation support for festivals, youth programmes, social change projects, community engagement, and more.

Building the value of understanding an organisation’s social impact in entrepreneurial development, we also work with organisations to integrate a model for entrepreneurship that helps artists and arts organisations to innovate in how they create and capture value. We offer support on business model innovation in a holistic way that is in line with each organisation’s mission and the value they already create, offering bespoke consultation to foster growth and the development of new revenue streams. For more information, contact us.

Our most recent project, designing and implementing a social impact evaluation framework for The S.M.I.L.E.-ing Boys Project, was in collaboration with artist Kay Rufai to measure the impact of his workshops based on the 8 Pillars of Happiness. Read more about that project here.

Our team has also designed evaluation for Battersea Arts Centre programmes, most notably The Agency and for youth theatre company, Sounds Like Chaos. For more information on The Agency’s social impact reporting, see their interim report here.

We have also held four successful artistic interventions in Chicago and London that also connect closely to the social impact work we do. We see these interventions as projects with the potential to bridge artists and communities in locations around the world, opening up dialogue about how we differ, and what connects us, using the arts as a conduit for social change. To find out more about these projects, visit our interventions page.