Usually an evaluation involves gathering feedback from participants or stakeholders to understand the benefits and drawbacks of a project, intervention or event. The experience can often feel one-way, with participants rarely involved in setting the agenda for what is evaluated and becoming passive in an interaction that should make the people delivering the event or project accountable.
The Verbatim Formula’s artistic practices are aimed at raising the voice of care leavers and redressing the balance of power. We work this ethos into how we run the evaluation as well. The primary way we do this is by involving care-experienced young people in shaping activities from the outset, setting the agenda and inputting into how we evaluate the outcomes.