Ortus was commissioned by Newcastle University to deliver the formal ERDF evaluation of the Creative Fuse North East project. The evaluation therefore responded to the needs of the project and its Advisory Board as well as the funder. Delivery of the evaluation requires a range of quantitative and qualitative data gathering and analysis processes and techniques, drawing evidence from a wide range of stakeholders. These include the central management team at Newcastle University, the Advisory Board, project delivery partners across four Universities, stakeholders across the creative and digital sectors in the North East and beyond, and project beneficiaries. Within the latter category are a large number of generally small creative and digital practitioners, often working as sole practitioners or freelancers.
The project reported the formative evaluation in October 2022 and will complete the summative assessment in July 2023 at the point at which the project funding expires.