You might recall that at the time of registering to use the Impact & Insight Toolkit, there was the option to join the Strategic Development Strand (SDS), an opportunity for Arts Council funded organisations to work with us to develop key aspects of the Impact & Insight Toolkit to ensure it meets the needs of the arts and cultural sector. Over 100 National Portfolio Organisations (NPOs) registered to participate in the SDS; with over 30 registering to participate in the Peer Review Workstream.


A focus of the workstream has been to improve the current peer survey in ways that maximise the possibility for incisive peer insight and feedback. Our collective starting point was to consider the Arts Council’s Artistic and Quality Assessment (AQA) question schedule and determine if, where and how some of the AQA questions could be included within the Toolkit. We created a new combined peer survey and then, in an online discussion with participating NPOs, we explored the following key questions:

  1. When you receive your completed AQA forms, what do you find most useful and enlightening?
  2. How do you think this insight could be incorporated within the Impact & Insight Toolkit peer survey?
  3. Is there anything that isn’t currently captured in the AQA forms that you feel could be implemented in the Toolkit?

Based on NPO feedback we produced further iterations of the revised peer survey, which has resulted in the new extended peer survey. You can see a preview of this here.


We are delighted to inform you that this template is now available to use.  When creating an evaluation using a template, simply select the template containing ‘recommended peer survey’.  Any evaluation you create incorporating either the basic peer survey, or the recommended (AKA extended) peer survey, can contribute towards your mandatory evaluation count for Arts Council.


If you would like more information on how to implement this extended peer survey, please do not hesitate to get in touch. We look forward to hearing from you as you gain further insights from your expert peers, and as you continue to evaluate key parts of your programme and activities.



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