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Planning and evaluating your music making project

Youth Music has created a practical guide for all those planning or running a music-making project for children and young people. This guide will help you through your entire project, from the initial proposal right through to sharing your findings.

Posted: 08/03/2022

Category:Monitoring and evaluation

There are many guides available to help organisations and individual artists evaluate their creative projects.

This one is produced by Youth Music but has uses beyond music projects. A really useful section of this guide is a comparison of different sources of evidence. The guide identifies sources of evidence and suggests strengths and weaknesses as in the example below.

Source of evidence: Feedback forms


  • Gives a viewpoint about the project other than your own
  • May identify things you had not thought about


  • May not be fully reflective of participant’s opinions: they may be saying what they believe you want to hear

This guide is particularly useful for:

  • Organisations interested in applying for funding from Youth Music
    We ask all organisations applying for Youth Music funding to use this
    guide to define their project’s overall aim and intended outcomes, and
    to plan how they will measure their outcomes by choosing indicators and
    sources of evidence. We also ask all funded projects to use this guide
    to analyse their evidence, write their evaluation, and share their
  • Anyone planning a music education project for children and young people
    However, this guide can be used by anyone delivering a music-making
    project with children and young people; it’s not just for those applying
    for or holding Youth Music funding.


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