Evaluation of the Arts and Older People Programme. Interim Report

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Wallace Consulting


In June 2014 the Arts Council of Northern Ireland appointed Wallace Consulting to undertake an evaluation of the Arts and Older People Programme (AOPP) 2013-2016. This second phase of the AOPP aims to: increase opportunities for older people to engage in arts-led interventions which address age relevant issues such as isolation, loneliness and poverty; promote physical/mental/ social/emotional wellbeing and active ageing. Creative activities include a variety of art forms such as theatre, dance, film, music, visual arts and circus.

The AOPP is aimed at constituted community and voluntary groups who are working at a local level to support older people, non-governmental organisations, Local Authorities and arts organisations.

This interim evaluation report provides an overview of progress, summarises recent research and policy developments and presents an analysis of the work conducted to date. It aims to measure impact and to draw out best practice in order to inform and influence programme development. It also strives to provide robust evidence in order to shape future government interventions. A Logic Model methodology has been applied as this provides a solid basis for strategy development and evaluation planning and can set the stage for policy change.

This enables advocates, funders and evaluators to make realistic predictions about potential accomplishments, record information to assess progress toward goals and to use the learning to improve advocacy.

Evidence Type: Policy Document

Main Focus: Wellbeing / Quality of life

Research Purpose: Outcome Evaluation

Context: Community

Participant Group: Older Adults

Art Forms: Multi-Arts

APA Citation:

Wallace Consulting (2015). Evaluation of the Arts and Older People Programme. Interim Report. May 2015. Portadown: Wallace Consulting.