About my work

Ruth MelvilleI am critical friend for the Transported programme of Arts Council England’s Creative People and Places programme, and am working on the evaluation as part of the MB Associates team

Since 2010, I’ve been the Monitoring and Research Advisor to Aarhus 2017 European Capital of Culture, leading up to the year of activities in 2017.

I am also supporting research design and strategic development at a range of organisations in the public and voluntary sector including Future Projects, Suffolk Artlink, Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre.

Since 2009 I’ve taken a role as strategic research advisor for firstsite supporting the evaluation and action research on some of their learning team projects as well as supporting them to embed best practice in research and evidence led programming and development.

Previous projects include researching Liverpool′s Community Cultural Champions Scheme, the Green Light Trust Low Carbon Champions Project and Giants of the Infinitesimal, an interesting Science-Arts collaboration. I’ve also been supporting development of UK City of Culture and European Capital of Culture bids and frameworks for Cultural Olympiad assessment. I was research advisor to Liverpool′s Arts Regeneration Consortium for four years.

From 2005-2010, I was Programme Manager and Senior Research Fellow of Impacts 08, the Liverpool European Capital of Culture Research Programme, a major five-year cultural policy research programme developing measures for understanding and evaluating the economic, social and cultural impacts of culture-led regeneration, which is seen as setting a standard for cultural impact assessment in the UK. I was involved in the programme from its inception, co-writing the initial bid, outlining the programme and managing the early stages of development. I particularly focussed on researching the social and economic aspects of the impact of Liverpool European Capital of Culture, as well as developing Impacts 08′s indicator framework and the knowledge exchange process with local partners.

Previously, I worked for ten years in applied research and research management in Liverpool with a particular focus on regeneration, social exclusion and participatory research. My areas of expertise include the development of evaluation techniques and systems, especially in circumstances where there is a need to measure complex and multi-dimensional impacts of different programmes.