Dance and Older People Evaluation Report: The results of a two-year evaluation programme in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Livingston between April 2010 and May 2012


Author(s):*Listed Alphabetically
Bone N, Cameron C, Mason L

Year of Publication:
2012

Publisher(s):
Creative Scotland

Publication Type:
Report

Abstract:

This study set out to assess the impact on older people of taking part in a dance class over a two year period. It was commissioned by Creative Scotland who wished to measure the success of its funding of three pilot programmes to provide dance for older people.

It focuses on three dance organisations across three different locations, (Edinburgh, Livingston, Glasgow). Each was given pilot funding by Scottish Arts Council (becoming Creative Scotland in April 2011) to establish a new programme to engage older people in dance between 2010 and 2012. Participants took part in a dance class free of charge throughout the two year period.

A mixed methods approach was used for the evaluation which included:
• Qualitative research: during three visits to each project (start, end and interim), participants took part in individual interviews, and filming of the sessions took place
• Quantitative research: participants were invited to complete a questionnaire at four stages during the two year period
• Shared Learning: key personnel from each organisation responsible for delivery and/or strategic development of the project were brought together at three points during the study to discuss and share their learning and experiences

Headline findings indicate that the majority of dancers derive the most benefit from the social and collective opportunities that the dance classes can provide. The practical and creative challenge of learning, repeating and in some cases performing new dance moves has helped to improve their physical and emotional health and has provided a framework through which they can meet new people, make friends and feel a sense of belonging.



Evidence Type: Longitudinal Study

Main Focus: Wellbeing / Quality of life

Research Purpose: Outcome Evaluation

Context: Community

Participant Group: Older Adults

Art Forms: Dance

Access Type: Free Download

APA Citation:

Mason L., Bone N., Cameron C. (2012) Dance and Older People Evaluation Report: The results of a two-year evaluation programme in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Livingston between April 2010 and May 2012. Edinburgh: Creative Scotland