Nexus Programme Evaluator


2 weeks ago

Fixed Term Freelance Contract: Programme Evaluator

Contract Value: £4,200 including all travel/expenses and is inclusive of VAT

Duration: Fixed Term 1 year contract October 2024 – September 2025

(Potential to extend for up to a further 4 years subject to annual reviews)


Cheshire Dance is looking for a highly skilled and experienced Evaluator for a fixed-term freelance contract to work with us on the evaluation of our exciting new Nexus Programme, a 5 year initiative funded by the Westminster Foundation.

The Nexus Programme will focus on developing Cheshire Dance’s work with young people in and around Chester, Ellesmere Port and surrounding villages, developing dance opportunities with and for children and young people who face barriers to accessing mainstream arts and cultural activities due to experiences relating to poor mental health, neurodiversity, learning disability, social circumstances and financial circumstances.

For the programme we intend to take a continuous, embedded approach to evaluation, which will support reflexive practice and ensure that ongoing learning from the programme is actioned and embedded throughout.  This approach will also support the Nexus Programme delivery team in continuous professional development.

Our ideal evaluator will have extensive professional expertise in evaluating creative/arts and/or youth programmes, and experience of collaborating with cultural organisations on the development and delivery of evaluation.

The evaluator should have excellent communication skills, demonstrable report writing and presentation skills and experience of facilitating evaluation and learning focused sessions with project teams. An understanding of Trauma Aware Practice and how it can inform/frame evaluation approach and programme learning would also be beneficial.


For full information, please download the Nexus Evaluator Information Pack. Interested applicants are invited to submit a CV and an expression of interest to Jane McLean, Creative Director of Cheshire Dance at:


Your CV and expression of interest should include:

  • Your background and experience which demonstrates that you have the essential skills and experience outlined above
  • Relevant examples of work you have undertaken previously
  • Your approach for delivering the work including proposed timings and details
  • Two references that we can contact
  • Breakdown of fees and proposed payment schedule


Cheshire Dance particularly welcomes expressions of interest from under-represented groups in dance and the arts. We will publish the interview questions and welcome conversations with enquirers in advance.  We can support applicant’s access needs in attending their interview. Once appointed, we will seek to address any support, access or equality needs you might have in carrying out your Evaluator role.


Key Dates:


Application deadline: Monday 5th August 2024

Notification of interview: Tuesday 13th August 2024

Interview: Tuesday 20th or Wednesday 21st August 2024

Start Date: October 2024 – exact date to be negotiated

Contract end date: End Sept 2025 with potential to renew annually for an additional 4 years



Download: Nexus Evaluator Information Pack




(Please do not complete the form below; applications should be sent to )
Application deadline
12pm Monday 5th August 2024
Tuesday 20th August or Wednesday 21st August
Anticipated Start Date
October 2024 – exact date to be negotiated

You can contact the Cheshire Dance team on 01606 861770 or email