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What We Do

Conference and event management

CRO Ltd also organises conferences and other one-day training and information events. The team has undertaken a number of these including:

  • Widening Horizons: a conference for arts education agencies. Client: Arts Council England Education Department

  • Launch Pad: the arts and the early years in the East Midlands. Client: Arts Council England, East Midlands

  • Specialist Arts Colleges Conference: Clients: the Specialist Schools Trust and Arts Council England, South East

  • The Pulse and Sciart workshop series, January to March 2005, in collaboration with Aspirational Arts Partnerships. Client: the Wellcome Trust

  • Our recent work with Creative Partnerships has included extensive series of training days for teachers and artists.


We bring together a team to administer the conference and to supply excellent front of house service. We work on programme development, budgeting, researching the subject of the conference, finding and briefing appropriate speakers and overseeing the general running of the conference.


CRO Ltd focuses on conference subjects within the general area of arts education (including programme development for young people, children and families) and education and community development for artists and arts organisations. We are happy to discuss organising conferences and training/ information sessions, and can offer outline budgets and programme suggestions.

"Having your team in place on the day made it the most stress-free event I've ever been involved in."

Client, Specialist Arts Colleges Conference

“Thank you for a super day which has given me a deeper insight to share with the Partnership by having mixed with a wide range of people from differing professional backgrounds. Great” Delegate at Launch Pad

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Workshop with Dance4 at the Launch Pad conference.

Photo: C Rose

Leigh Park students at SAC conference

Students from Leigh Park School working with a team from the BBC to create a video at the Specialist Arts Schools Conference.

Photo: C Rose

Evaluation and Impact Assessment

We undertake evaluation work ranging from small projects to long-term national or regional programmes.


Each evaluation is carefully tailored to the needs, circumstances and budget of the client organisation.


Our work includes advice, evaluation planning and carrying out evaluation and impact assessment using a range of tools including:

  • Survey, questionnaires and creative consultation

  • Structured interviews

  • Desk research

  • Dynamic flow, logic models and Theory of Change


We work with a number of associates when deemed appropriate.


We work in a way which seeks to support and improve evaluation practice for the organisations with which we work.


Click here for more information about current evaluation projects.

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Images from the Impact Assessment Project, 2013-14.

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Classics from Scratch at Secklow 1055 FM

Catherine occasionally hosts a classical music radio show at the Milton Keynes community online radio station Secklow 1055 FM (


She presents it for 12-week series twice a year, and alternates with her co-presenter Tori Longdon.


The show aims to introduce the audience to classical music through an hour of short pieces and lively talk, including guest artists and an occasional visit from Lady Effingham.

Catherine behind the mic at Secklow1055.

Photo: Mike Johnson

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