Arts for health and wellbeing: An evaluation framework

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Daykin N, Joss T

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Public Health England

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For arts to be included in commissioning of health and social care services, there needs to be robust evidence of their effectiveness, impacts and costs.

This document provides guidance on appropriate ways of documenting the impacts of arts for health and wellbeing, whether through small scale project evaluations or large scale research studies. It suggests a standard framework for reporting of project activities that will strengthen understanding of what works in specific contexts and enable realistic assessment and appropriate comparisons to be made between programmes.

The document is modelled on standard public health evaluation frameworks and is in three parts: background discussion to help make sense of the framework; . the different types of evaluation; and the reporting tool. The document is intended for health commissioners, third sector organisations, trainers, funders, practitioners, managers, arts organisations and researchers.

Evidence Type: Policy Document

Main Focus: Wellbeing / Quality of life

Research Purpose: Discussion / Debate

Access Type: Free Download

APA Citation:

Daykin, N., & Joss, T. (2016). Arts for health and wellbeing: An evaluation framework . London: Public Health England.