Mosi took part in a similar trial funded by Nesta

MPMs invited to take part in quality trial

Rebecca Atkinson, 21.10.2015
Deadline for expressions of interest is 23 October
Major Partner Museums and National Portfolio Organisations have been invited to participate in the trial of a quality metrics framework that measures the quality of arts and cultural work.

Culture Counts, which developed the framework in consultation with the sector, has been funded by Arts Council England (ACE) to test the metrics with 150 organisations between November and March 2016.

The framework consists of 13 questions that aim to measure quality by asking respondents to what extent they agree or disagree with statements such as: “It was thought provoking”; “it engaged people from different backgrounds”; and “it was absorbing and held my attention”.

Staff from the organisations taking part will complete the survey themselves, as well as asking their peers and audiences to take part.

Glasgow Life is already using the framework to evaluate the Turner Prize 2015, which is at the Tramway arts centre until 17 January. And 20 organisations, including the Manchester's Whitworth gallery and Museum of Science and Industry, took part in a 12-month trial of the metrics, which was funded by Nesta and ended in May this year.

Alison Whitaker, the head of projects at Culture Counts, said: “This trial is an opportunity for participating organisations to obtain perspectives of their work that aren’t normally collected. When compared to other data, such as the number of visitors and how often they come, it reveals a fuller picture of the quality of projects. It also measures quality in a way that can easily be communicated to others.”

Major Partner Museums and National Portfolio Organisations that are able to test the metrics with three exhibitions or events (alone or in partnership) between November and next March are invited to apply to take part in the trial on the Culture Counts website.

The deadline for applications is 6pm on 23 October.