People change lives: consolidating five years of evaluation learning from Sistema Scotland’s Big Noise centres in Stirling, Glasgow and Aberdeen


Author(s):*Listed Alphabetically
Harkins C, Moore K

Year of Publication:
2019

Publisher(s):
Glasgow Centre for Population Health

Publication Type:
Report

Abstract:

This report is intended to consolidate and summarise the learning from the first five years of a ‘life-course evaluation’ of Sistema Scotland’s Big Noise programme, whose objective is to transform the lives of children and young people and their communities through music and the development of a community orchestra. The aim of this report is to inform the development of policy and practice which recognises the importance of social and early years interventions, their potential benefits and the key decisions which must be made concerning their role within community-based regeneration and in wider society.

Findings are consistent across the Big Noise centres in Glasgow, Stirling and Aberdeen despite different community contexts and participant demographics. Broadly, the impacts can be summarised as follows:
• Increasing confidence, discipline, pride, and aspiration.
• Improved team-working, communication, and leadership.
• Enhanced academic skills including listening, concentration, and creativity.
• Increased resilience, happiness, sense of belonging and fulfilment.
• Strong musical skills development.
• Uptake of physical activity and healthy eating, avoidance of damaging behaviours.
• Development of positive social groups, peer relationships and cultural engagement.
• Respite and protection for vulnerable participants.

The learning from the first five years of the evaluation of Big Noise has been expansive and relevant to a range of areas of practice and delivery, and policy priorities such as the Scottish National Performance Framework and the Public Health Priorities. The core message from the evaluation so far is ‘people change lives’.



Evidence Type: Case Study

Main Focus: Wellbeing / Quality of life

Research Purpose: Outcome Evaluation

Context: Education

Art Forms: Music

Access Type: Free Download

APA Citation:

Harkins, C., Moore, K. People change lives: consolidating five years of evaluation learning from Sistema Scotland’s Big Noise centres in Stirling, Glasgow and Aberdeen. Glasgow: Glasgow Centre for Population Health.