The Koestler Trust evaluates all its work for quality, value for money and impact. Each entrant to the Awards is asked to complete monitoring and evaluation forms so we can measure how we’re performing and listen to entrants’ views on how we can better support their participation in the arts.
Our steering groups, staff and volunteers include ex-Koestler entrants. We hold focus groups in prisons and other settings to evaluate projects and often ask our service-users to lead our creative projects. We have a relationship with Victim Support, the charity that supports victims of crime, and have held events for their staff and volunteers at our Southbank exhibitions and worked together to curate our 2010 UK exhibition. A donation of 25% of the profit from original artwork sales goes to Victim Support.
We seek to engage the public in debate and developing our programmes. Each exhibition features Audience Feedback Cards, on which visitors can feedback on the artwork to the maker, and special Koestler Awards chosen by the public.