Evaluation of the COMF Funded Events programme  


Durham County Council has established a grant support programme to provide financial support for community cultural events happening across the county. The funding is to provide support for new local projects and events which help build social cohesion and confidence within the communities of County Durham and provide an opportunity for communities to come together safely. The focus is on providing resource to enable new, responsive and community driven events and commissions to happen, to ensure benefit across the county, especially in areas most impacted by covid and its legacy. 


They have commissioned an independent evaluation to capture the impact of the grants provided through the programme to inform future planning. 

As part of this evaluation Wavehill are supporting grant recipients to capture feedback from people that have recently attended or taken part in an event or activity funded through this programme.  

Durham County Council is the data controller for the research. However, Wavehill will delete any personal data provided through the survey, and anonymise the raw data, before it is shared with Durham County Council. 

The information collected during the project will be included in a report provided to Durham County Council.  

Your Participation in this research is completely voluntary. However, your views and experiences are important to help inform any future funding for events across the county.  

The contact for this research at Wavehill is Andy Parkinson.  E-mail address: andy.parkinson@wavehill.com. Telephone number: 0191 3592190


What personal data do we hold and where do we get this information? 

Personal data is defined under the UK General Data Protection Regulation (UK GDPR) as ‘any information relating to an identifiable person who can be directly or indirectly identified by reference to an identifier.’  

Completing the survey does not capture your email address or IP address and the survey does not require you to provide any other personal data so the survey results will be anonymous. Wavehill will analyse the results and if you choose to provide any personal information in any open questions Wavehill will remove personal data, or data which may identify you, from the responses you provide.  

Wavehill will only use email address and telephone number for the purposes of this evaluation. 

If you raise a query or complaint and provide personal data requesting a response, the researcher will forward the request only to the relevant official and subsequently delete it from the research data. 

What is the lawful basis for using your data? 

The lawful basis for processing information in this data collection exercise is our public task; that is, undertaking research to evidence the impact of funded events and activities through the COMF Programme.  

Participation is completely voluntary. Research studies such as this are important for to collect information and actionable evidence which might be used to inform the on-going delivery of the fund and provide a source of robust evidence with which to judge the success of the grant support provided. It may also provide evidence which can be used to inform the delivery of any future funds. 


How secure is your personal data? 

Personal information provided to Wavehill is always stored on a secure server. The data can only be accessed by a limited number of researchers working on this project. Wavehill will only use this data for research purposes. Wavehill has cyber essentials certification. 


When conducting surveys, Wavehill use a survey software programme called Qualtrics. We have ensured that Qualtrics is GDPR compliant and meets our expectations in terms of the security of any data collected via the software (e.g. all data is processed within the EEA).  

Wavehill has procedures to deal with any suspected data security breaches. If a suspected breach occurs, Wavehill will report this to Durham County Council who will notify you and any applicable regulator where we are legally required to do so.  

All data gathered through this research will be reported in an anonymised format. It will not contain your contact details and any identifiable information in open-ended answers will be removed. Wavehill will use the information gathered to produce a report for Durham County Council. This report will not include any information that could be used to identify individual respondents.  

How long do we keep your personal data?  

Wavehill will hold personal data during the contract period, and any personal data will be deleted by Wavehill three months after the end of the contract in May 2022. This includes your contact details. Wavehill will provide Durham County Council with an anonymised version of the data which will not include information that could identify you. 


Individual rights 

Under UK GDPR, you have the following rights in relation to the personal information you provide as part of this [project], you have the right: 

  • To access a copy of your own data.  

  • For us to rectify inaccuracies in that data. 

  • To object to or restrict processing (in certain circumstances). 

  • For your data to be ‘erased’ (in certain circumstances); and 

  • To lodge a complaint with the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) who is our independent regulator for data protection. 


The contact details for the Information Commissioner’s Office are Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AF. Phone: 01625 545 745 or 0303 123 1113. Website: www.ico.gov.uk