Survive and Thrive

Survive and Thrive aimed to support non-national museums in London to improve their sustainability and capacity to respond to change. Led and supported by the museum development team based at the Museum of London, Survive and Thrive involved an intensive process of self-assessment, peer review and action planning supported by funding to enable participating museums to implement projects that will deliver real, sustainable change.


Emma was commissioned to evaluate the process and outcomes of the programme in two stages. An initial report in December 2011 focused on the self-assessment and peer review process, and a second phase in February and March examined the success of the funded projects. The evaluation involved a large number of telephone interviews to gather different perspectives from people involved in the process, as well as detailed analysis of the planning and review documentation generated by the museums. The research and recommendations for improvement fed directly into the Museum of London's planning for its successful application for an Arts Council England grant to deliver museum development services for the next three years. 

Evaluation and Consultation

Evaluation is a key tool to help you understanding the impact of what you do and improve your service to users.  Emma King Consultancy conducts all kinds of user research, from small scale research projects to ongoing impact assessments handling qualitative and quantitative data.

We can help you to:

  • Understand what evaluation can do for you
  • Plan an effective evaluation strategy for your project or programme
  • Devise a practical evaluation framework to work from
  • Design and deliver qualitative and quantitative data collection methods including evaluation forms, face to face and telephone interviews, online surveys, focus groups and visitor observation
  • Analyse and write up findings and recommendations in a clear, practical and useable way