(Animated) Reflections on Evaluating the UK City of Culture

Reflections based on the evaluation of Coventry UK City of Culture 2021 (Image: Yikki Studio Ltd)


Between late-2019 and late-2023, an independent monitoring and evaluation team − with representatives from Coventry University, the University of Warwick and Coventry City Council’s Insights Team − met regularly.

Its role was to review the activity of Coventry UK City of Culture 2021 (UK CoC 2021) against the Performance Measurement and Evaluation Strategy that was agreed ahead of the UK CoC 2021 year.


In early 2023, the team identified a series of reflections from its evaluation.

To share these reflections, a script was prepared and members of the team recorded sections. An animated video was created to highlight the messages and make them available for others to consider when monitoring and evaluating large-scale events.


Animation was undertaken by Frances YeungYikki Studio LtdNick Henry and Tim HammertonCentre for Creative Economies, Coventry University, provided the script and project coordination, respectively.

The video was created as part of the AHRC funded Place-Based Knowledge Exchange project, and features the voices of the UK CoC 2021 monitoring and evaluation team.


This website reflects a variety of UK CoC 2021 activities, funded by different funding bodies. It has been created as part of the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) funded project City Change Through Culture: Securing the Place Legacy of Coventry City of Culture 2021 (Grant Reference AH/W008769/1).

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