Monitoring and Evaluation

Monitoring and Evaluation

Coventry UK City of Culture 2021 was a joint bid between Coventry University, University of Warwick and Coventry City of Culture Trust, as part of delivery of the Coventry Cultural Strategy.

Whenever there is public money spent on such large events such as a City of Culture it is important for transparency and learning that monitoring and evaluation is undertaken of ‘what was achieved and what has been learnt’. For example, Coventry UK City of Culture 2021 has set out deliberately ambitious aims to ensure a significant legacy of positive cultural, social, environmental and economic change for the city and its region after the year has finished.

Two members of the Cultural Impact Team, Professor Nick Henry and Dr Richard Tomlins sit alongside Dr Becky Johnson on a joint Monitoring and Evaluation team with the City of Culture Trust, Coventry City Council and University of Warwick to manage the evaluation of Coventry City of Culture 2021.

The group has produced a Coventry City of Culture 2021 Performance Measurement and Evaluation Strategy 2019 – 2024 which sets out how the year, its build-up, programme of events and post-year legacy will be measured and assessed against its desired impacts.

From both Universities’ perspective, such a process of data collection yields wider opportunities also for research and engagement – and which can add further to the impact of Coventry UK City of Culture 2021. Other pages on this site demonstrate much of that additional activity which has taken, and is taking, place.

Monitoring of the progress of Coventry UK City of Culture 2021 has begun and the Monitoring Reports are available below. An example of a more detailed evaluation of one of the Coventry City of Culture projects which has already begun is Evaluation of City of Culture Transforming Leadership Programme.

A repository of materials is jointly generated by Coventry University, Warwick University and their City of Culture partners.

The reports

Please consult our latest reports.


The event is being held in preparation for the commissioning by the Coventry City of Culture Trust of four Focus Studies related to key evaluation questions and outcomes outlined in the Performance, Monitoring and Evaluation Strategy.

For further information, please visit the call page.

Please register your interest.

Focus studies

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