Resilience Programme Evaluation

2015 - 2016

Ripon Museum Trust

Ripon Museum Trust (RMT) operates across three sites within the centre of the city of Ripon and tells the unique story of the Liberty Courthouse, Prison and Victorian Workhouse. In 2015 they made a successful application to Arts Council England's Resilience Fund.  


The evaluation tracked RMT's journey towards its resilience objectives and required gathering feedback from three key groups: staff, volunteers and trustees.  It was a formative approach to enable the trust to understand how the project was transforming their work.  The methodology provided RMT with ongoing feedback  as well as formal reports at agreed milestones.  I worked alongside the consultant team delivering the resilience training, led by Dr Claire Antrobus.

"Melita undertook the evaluation work for us, developing a new volunteer survey to allow us to capture more in depth data about the experience our volunteers were having with the Trust, and in analysing the delivery of the project. Both the interim and final reports we received were robust, well presented and gave a strong understanding of the project and its implications. It provided fair yet challenging assessments of our progress and made recommendations that have helped the Trust to develop. We have recently secured £400k from HLF to purchase a building to expand the Workhouse Museum and NPO funding from Arts Council worth £560k over 4 years. The success of both of these bids owes it success to the Resilience project work we undertook and the evaluation of the project which we have used to guide our next steps. I would have no hesitation in recommending Melita to any organisation."

- James Etherington, Director, Ripon Museum Trust

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