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Evaluation of the 2018-21 Regular Funding process

In July 2018, following a tender and procurement process, we appointed consultants Wavehill to conduct an independent evaluation of the Regular Funding 2018-21 process.

The aim of this was to provide us with objective insight on the complete process, with a set of recommendations to help inform the development of future funding models.

The evaluation took into consideration a broad range of research and information sources, including direct research with Regular Funding applicants, information provided to the Scottish Parliament’s Culture, Tourism, Europe and External Affairs Committee inquiry, and feedback from Creative Scotland Staff and Board.

The review was completed in October 2018, and 105 organisations that applied for Regular Funding (57% of the total 184 organisations which applied) responded to the survey.

The following statement from the Reviewers summarises their findings: “In terms of the delivery of the 2018-21 RFO process against the stated aims and guidance, the evidence broadly points to compliance across all stages up to the announcement of the funding decisions taken by the Board in January 2018.

“There is undoubtedly a need to improve various aspects of the implementation of the process, including providing stronger support and guidance for staff, greater clarity for applicants and clearer information for Board members, however, the assessment process has been rigorous.”

View a summary of the recommendations.

The work to review our approach to funding is already well under way and we will be scheduling public consultation sessions across Scotland in the early part of 2019 to discuss ideas and options on priorities and the best funding approaches.

Following that public consultation process, we aim to have agreed and announced our updated strategic priorities and future funding approach as soon as possible in 2019.

Whilst we consult on the future funding model, we will continue to operate our other funds.

For further information on this work, please contact our Enquiries Service.