Our team here at Upstart Projects has been involved in a wide variety of evaluation and research projects, regularly conducting consultations too.


Our work has involved developing a team of Arts Award participants and Achievers to consult on a number of changes and developments with Arts Award since 2011 – including the re-brand, introduction of Arts Award Supporters, trial of ArtsBox and the development of resources for young people (the booklets and subsequently the online hubs).

We undertake regular consultation with our networks of young people and partner organisations to ensure all our projects meet their aims and offer the greatest possible impact.

In the summer of 2019 we put together a group of 15 young people for a consultation workshop at Arts Council England National Offices about their Next 10 Years Strategy.

In October 2019 we also held a consultation event with c.50 young people about the affect of Artificial Intelligence on their lives, now and in the future. This was commissioned by the Mozilla Foundation and hosted at the Royal Society of Arts. Find out more about the outcomes on Voice. This was a whole afternoon using a presentation format, interactive demos and focus group discussions. The outcomes were also fed back at the 10th Anniversary Mozilla Festival Science Fair.

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In 2020 we are embarking on further research in to good practice in youth voice engagement projects and a 6-country comparison qualitative research piece with educators and employers to identify the future skills need of the workforce.

2019 saw us run a project which involved surveying nearly 4,000 students through a number of schools – from rural and urban areas, state and private schools – about their experience of music education.

In 2018 we led the research for 18-25 year olds into ‘Careers information advice and guidance for the creative industries’. This was commissioned by the Creative & Cultural Skills Council as part of a report into this topic which was submitted to government in response to the Careers Strategy. Our research involved a roundtable consultation discussion, peer interviews, phone interviews and an online survey with this age group.

Our networks

Our access to young people through Voice, through our network of associates and young people, and experience of setting up and conducting research about young people’s views makes us an ideal partner to uncover what young people think about a topic, about their experiences of situations or what they would like to see done. Operating nationally in the UK means we can run something at a local or national level with easy scale in person or through digital and desk-based means.

If you’d like to work with us to run a consultation, evaluation or research project then just get in touch on [email protected] or 03300 881008 – we’re open to hearing about any exciting commission or tender opportunity involving the arts & cultural sector or young people.