Longitudinal Evaluation of the Start Programme

Client: The Prince’s Foundation for Children & the Arts   NFER Contact: Becky Clarkson

Start is the core programme of the Prince’s Foundation for Children & the Arts, which in 2010/11 brought together 38 arts partners and 16,000 children from 214 schools, country-wide. As part of Start, children visit their local arts venue at least twice a year and also participate in professional artist workshops at school and at the venue. It provides an opportunity for arts organisations to connect with a new generation that might otherwise never be introduced to the arts, while allowing children to gain all the benefit that the art world can bring in terms of new experiences and creative development. Children participating in the Start programme are often from deprived areas and would not ordinarily have exposure to the arts. Schools are selected using criteria based on social and economic deprivation in the area and other factors such as the level of free school meals.

For more information on The Prince’s Foundation for Children & the Arts and the Startprogramme, visit: www.childrenandarts.org.uk

This research has been generously supported by the Oak Foundation (www.oakfnd.org)


NFER is evaluating the immediate and longer-term impact of the Start programme on children and young people by:

Impact and outcomes

This study will provide evidence on the effectiveness of cultural engagement in encouraging young people to engage in the arts. It will influence public policy with ultimate benefits for young people and the arts.

Research methods

The study is using a quasi-experimental longitudinal design employing an online survey of pupils. There will be four sweeps of the survey, starting in November 2010, with the final sweep in April 2013.

Time scale: July 2010 - March 2014

NFER Project Code: PSXT