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Cultural Learning Evidence Champions Network

A new network of practitioners championing evidence and evaluation

The RSA is working with Arts Council Bridge Organisations to champion the role of evidence and evaluation in improving the quality and impact of arts and cultural education.

In its first year the Evidence Champions Network will connect 100 artists, educators, evaluators, cultural organisations and funders who want to support better use of evidence and evaluation in arts and cultural learning.  Through the Network, Champions will develop knowledge and skills in evidence rich practice and help spread the word about its value, convening online and in regional hubs, to support practitioners across England.

Evidence Rich Practice:

  • Source  appropriate evidence to design projects for impact
  • Take ownership  of project evaluation, even if working with an external partner
  • Collect evidence  from your work that can tell you accurately what you have done, the difference you have made and how you might improve for the future
  • Share learning  in ways that support colleagues and peers to improve their work and more participants to benefit from effective practice.

Read our Overview PDF on the Learning About Culture Evidence Champions Network:
 what is an Evidence Champion, how will the network operate, what is the time scale, what are the commitment expectations, what are the application and selection processes.

Read our blog on the launch of the Evidence Champion Network

If you have questions about the ECN please get in touch with us at

List of bridge organisations including Arts Connect and the Royal Opera House

What is the Evidence Champions Network?

Evidence Champions will be drawn from across the cultural learning sector.

Champions will become part of a national community with online activity and regional meet-ups.

Through training and structured support, you’ll become confident users of evidence in cultural learning who advocate for others to use it too.

The network will be owned by members and supported by the RSA and the Arts Council Bridge Organisations.

Diagram showing the different stakeholders in the network including the RSA, schools, arts and culture, funders, evaluators and bridge organisations