Our team works with cultural institutions, arts organisations and government agencies to conduct research on important issues and evaluate promising programs.

The results are used to improve programs and initiatives, inform funding decisions and contribute new knowledge to the field. Browse selected reports and publications below.


Impact Evaluation of Gecko Ensemble Program

Brooke Boyce and Tandi Palmer Williams

Barking Gecko commissioned Patternmakers to conduct an evaluation of its Gecko Ensemble Program for children and young people in Western Australia.

Based on fieldwork with children, parents and community service providers across the State, the evaluation found that the program is delivering promising impacts for children, particularly those who experience disadvantage.

The results were published in April 2018 and reported in ArtsHub.


Evaluation of youth theatre & mental health

Tandi Palmer Williams and Brooke Boyce

In early 2018, the Australian Theatre for Young People published the Patternmakers research report exploring the impact of youth theatre programs on the well-being of young people.

The report found that 94% reported positive impacts on their overall wellbeing. The findings were published in the media, including the Sydney Morning Herald and 2DayFM, and the story reached an audience of over 7 million people.


Impacts of contemporary theatre for regional audiences

Tandi Palmer Williams

From 2015 to 2018, Patternmakers worked with producing company Performing Lines to measure the intrinsic impacts of contemporary theatre shows on audiences.

The project involved collaboration with 15 venues in regional Australia. Surveys were administered in the foyer immediately following the show, using the WolfBrown Intrinsic Impact tools.

The results were launched at the Australian Performing Arts Centres Association Conference in 2016.


Indigenous Community Engagement: Evaluation of Coordination Role

Denise Wilson and Tandi Palmer Williams

Our team worked with Performing Lines to evaluate a pilot of a new Indigenous Community Engagement Coordinator position, designed to help touring theatre productions connect with local Indigenous communities.

We worked collaboratively with Gamilaroi woman Denise Wilson to gather feedback from regional stakeholders and produce a case study to share the outcomes and lessons from the pilot.