We recently wrapped our research and evaluation work with smARTplaces, a four-year, European smARTplaces project. Our involvement has been working with and alongside the team since 2016, which constituted cultural institutions from seven countries and played host to a range of cultural events, exhibitions and conferences.
Interim evaluation was carried out, and the final reporting was completed earlier this year. Sometimes our research and reporting is afforded more of a free reign in design and approach, but this was an example of a project where the completion of forms and documents was also guided by the requirements of the funding body. Therefore, as the project closed, we also sought additional ways to share project findings and reach audiences. The outcome was an open-access and free-to-download toolkit: ‘European stories on engaging audiences: reflections and critical questions on the role of the digital’, with design by Wild Ilk Studio.