Building a cultural strategy for all Medway's people and places

For the last twelve months a consultation has been underway to develop a new Cultural Strategy for Medway that will help shape arts and culture for the next ten years.

GJG Consultancy supported by evaluation and research specialists Ruth Melville Research (RMR) and The Audience Agency (TAA) have worked together with Medway Cultural Partnership and Medway Council to co-develop a new Cultural Strategy for Medway for 2021 – 2030.

Medway’s new Cultural Strategy is ambitious and forward-thinking, setting the foundations for the next decade of our cultural development. The Strategy is aspirational – with a broad vision which reflects the highest hopes for Medway and its people. It puts artists, makers, storytellers and cultural influencers at its centre as the agents of change.

This Strategy shows how important culture is to Medway’s future, and sets out to enable everyone to have the opportunity to take part in, as well as contribute to, its cultural life. In the short term, it will shape opinions and behaviours, and lead to social and economic benefits. Longer-term, it should look to transform Medway. 

Consultation lies at the heart of the Strategy. Consultation has been the constant thread throughout its development and will continue throughout its delivery. This consultation began with the earliest involvement of GJG Consultancy in November 2019, through the development and trialling of Themes, the finalising of the Strategy itself, and then the development of action plans. It will be carried forward in the review and evaluation of progress and outcomes on an annual basis. 

The delivery of the Strategy will be led by Creative Medway, a new and radical partnership that embodies the values of the Strategy, driving our ambition and the overall performance delivery of the Strategy itself. It will be a strong advocate for Medway’s culture, at a local, regional and national level, and provides everyone with the opportunity to support the delivery of its vision. 

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The GJG Team

James Gough

Lead Consultant

James leads this project on behalf of GJG Consultancy. He specialises in strategic planning, organisational change and public engagement projects at both a regional and national level.

Ben Morgan

Communications & Digital Specialist

Ben brings over 20 years digital and brand communications expertise, as well as extensive project management and report writing experience.

Dr Ruth Melville

Senior Consultant

Ruth is a researcher and cultural policy practitioner, working with organisations across the public and third sectors to embed research and evaluation to help understand their impact.

Catherine Doran

Research assistant

Catherine is experienced in the collection and analysis of data and has worked on evaluations for various arts organisations.

Adrienne Pye

Senior Consultant, The Audience Agency

An evaluation specialist, Adrienne has created NLHF-compliant evaluation frameworks for organisations as varied as St Albans Cathedral, the Mary Rose Trust and the British Museum.

Charlotte Eade

Researcher & Evaluator

Charlotte is a researcher, facilitator and evaluator. She is a trained Social Return on Investment practitioner, and has worked on SROIs for a number of arts and community projects.

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About your data – GDPR

The Medway Cultural Strategy Opinion Survey will be open until Wednesday 30th September 2020.

How your data will be used

In addition to your views, we would like to collect some personal information to help us find out about the people who answer the survey – that helps us find any relationships in people’s views.

All full data responses will be confidential, stored securely and not shared with anybody outside the research team at Ruth Melville Research and GJG Consultancy. Other parties involved will receive a ‘summary’ version in which replies will be anonymised – replies given will not be linked either to names or to other replies. After analysis, all personal data and full data responses will be deleted. Any direct quotes used, either written or shared online, will also be fully anonymised.