Welcome to ISAN
ISAN is a leading national membership organisation for the strategic development of Outdoor Arts. We develop the Outdoor Arts sector through networking, lobbying, information-sharing, training, research and advocacy support and advice for our members. We also provide general sector services. We represent 100 members comprising artists, producers, presenters, promoters and support agencies working in Outdoor Arts in the UK and Ireland. We are committed to supporting Outdoor Arts in all its forms and advocating its benefits and practice.
We are a not-for-profit organisation in receipt of NPO funding from Arts Council England.
87% Say Yes and Want More!
ISAN Sixth Biennial Conference 2013 Feedback & Evaluation
THANK YOU to all of you who attended our two day conference in November. It was great to meet up again with familiar faces and meet so many more new people involved in outdoor arts across the Midlands, Wales and the UK.
And thank you too to those of you who completed our evaluation forms. Your input is incredibly helpful in giving us feedback to the event, what worked, what didn’t, and recommendations for improvement. We have an initial quantitative based summary with the key statistics detailed here. This evaluation will be further developed with a narrative based analysis including comments and suggestions to be made available in the New Year.
But at this point, it’s clear from responses, that overall the conference has been a resounding success!
Of course, there are areas for improvement to address in future editions. But overall, the response has been very positive demonstrated through the evaluation and the positive feedback during the event itself. Many delegates said they’d felt the general experience of the conference to be ‘inspiring’. This delegates feedback is a good illustration of the general experience of the conference overall:
“The conference was inspiring/overwhelming/exhausting and great fun!”
Of the 178 conference delegates (average attendance over x2 days), 32 people completed the evaluation, that represents 16% of attendees. This is a good survey response. Note, for the purposes of this summary, the % responses referenced below combines ‘very satisfied’ with ‘satisfied’.
The key feedback overall to the conference themes, speakers and presenters has been very good, as:
- 97% of respondents were overall very satisfied with the quality of speakers and presenters
- 91% of respondents were overall very satisfied with the conference programme overall.
It’s clear that conference delegates motivation and intention to attend the conference were met as:
- 75% cited ‘networking’ as the main reason for attending the ISAN conference.
And that these expectations were met as:
- 78% agreed with the statement that – the conference provided facilitated discussion and networking.
Whilst, for others:
- 63% cited ‘interest in event topics’ as the main reason for attending the ISAN conference.
And again, these expectations were met as:
- 94% agreed with the statement that – the content of conference sessions was relevant, appropriate and informative.
- 94% of respondents strongly agreed with the statement that – the conference was well organised.
Yes, there are improvements to be made to the next edition. But we’re pleased this edition proved to be a good experience for those that attended opening up new opportunities, networks and potential for working partnerships and collaboration in the future.
ISAN and The Audience Agency New Partnership Announcement: Outdoor Arts Sector Cluster
Making the Case for Outdoor Arts
We are delighted to announce our partnership with The Audience Agency (TAA) to research audiences in the outdoor arts sector as part of the Audience Focus programme, funded by ACE and devised and delivered by TAA. The overall aim of our partnership is to change outdoor arts for the better, helping the sector reach new and bigger audiences and access new resources.
The years ahead will be challenging for the arts. This programme will enable ISAN to support all in the sector, including artists, to meet this period of challenge. This programme will provide us all with real evidence to make the case in support of continued public and private investment in outdoor arts.
This is the start of a two year process of gathering evidence with our members through partnership with The Audience Agency. In this way our members will be able to benefit from the sector wide results and reporting. ISAN helping to make the case for outdoor arts.
If you would like to be part of this initiative and are not currently a member join up by contacting us at email@example.com