UK Timeline 2015
Music for change: Health and education outcomes through music in early years settings; an evaluation
This report outlines the impact of the ‘Early Years Music’ (EYM) project in Kent to over 1450 children in 48 early years settings over 12 months.
An evaluation of a drama-led intervention aimed at improving speech, language and
communication (SLC) in selected school children in Key Stage 1 (six- and seven-year-olds), specifically targeted at schools serving areas of social and economic disadvantage in London – developed by London Bubble Theatre Co...
An evaluation of the work of the Military Wives Choirs Foundation.
An earlier study in East Kent of weekly singing for people with enduring mental health issues revealed clinically important improvements in mental wellbeing over a period of ten months. The present study was designed to assess whether the model developed in East Kent could be transferred t...
This Dementia-friendly arts guide is a guide for arts venue managers and staff on how to make the environment, facilities and programming of arts venues accessible to people with dementia, their families and carers....
This report explains the evidence base behind why the Baring Foundation has been funding arts and older people activity throughout the UK, and describes the different types and contexts of arts projects that the fou...
Making it Together: An evaluative study of Creative Families, an arts and mental health partnership between the South London Gallery and the Parental Mental Health Team
Creative Families is an innovative early-intervention arts programme for parents experiencing mental health difficulties and their children aged under-five in Southwark. This report, made in partnership by the Department of Health & Population at The Institute of Psychiatry, and Goldsmiths, University of London,...
The power of music: A research synthesis of the impact of actively making music on the intellectual, social and personal development of children and young people
This book considers how neuroscience evidence shows that actively engaging in music making can enhance other musical skills and lead to other beneficial outcomes.
Based on interviews with artists and ten new case studies, this updated report revisits work done for the 2012 Baring Foundation publication Digital Arts and Older People and in a continuation of that work, seeks to move forward by examining new opportunities for incorporating digital technology into arts with older...
English National Ballet, Dance for Parkinson’s: An Investigative Study 2 A report on a three-year mixed methods research study
This report by the English National Ballet contains findings after two years of a three year study into their Dance for Parkinson’s programme’s effects on participants.Featured publication
This review aims to set the scene for the conditions under which social prescribing has arisen and consider the efficacy of different referral options. It makes recommendations for practice, policy and future research.
This evaluation provides an overview of the Vital Dance provision for older adults at Mile End Hospital, detailing the collaboration between Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance and Vital Arts, an overview of the dance sessions provided at Mile End Hospital, feedback from staff as well as patient engagemen...
Ageing, Drama and Creativity is a critical review focused on the cultural value older people derive from their involvement in theatre and drama – ...
A research-based evaluation of the effectiveness of an arts project on the pupils in four schools for children with a range of special educational needs, as well as its impact on the professional artists and audience.
A research-based evaluation of the impact of a multi arts programme on its participants: the patients (with a main focus on older people), the hospital staff and the artists.
This guide by Parkinson’s UK gives examples of how to set up an activity group for people with Parkinson’s.
2015 report by the Warwick Commission, focusing on the future of cultural value.
A systematic review by the DCMS of the current evidence base on the social impacts of sport and culture.
An evaluation of the impact of a 12-week visual arts programme for 66 participants in Cambridgeshire delivered by one professional artist & one mental health counsellor, in a safe and therapeutic environment.
Evidence dossier: The value of arts on prescription programmes for the mental health and wellbeing of individuals and communities
An ‘evidence dossier’ on the value of Arts on Prescription programmes for the mental health and wellbeing of individuals and communities.
This review studies the literature to provide an evidence base of 15 studies suggesting arts engagement is beneficial to health over time, leading to recommendations for future analyses.
This report considers how musical interventions can be integrated into a Dementia Care Pathway.
This report shows the work of partnerships between public health and third sector organisations where arts activities have been prescribed to individuals experiencing mental health challenges.
A brief report examining the evidence base for the benefits of arts therapies for groups of vulnerable people.
A literature review undertaken to review the evidence regarding community-based arts in health initiatives from 2000 – 2014.
A report on an a student exploratory photography and storytelling study to understand how people with dementia experience being a student at the VUK school in Denmark and to find out about creative activities and services which are being delivered in Denmark to support people with dementia.
A series of case studies of inspiring arts initiatives for older people in Japan, with an account of the health challenges associated with aging.
This special edition of the European Choral Magazine reports on the VOICE project 2012-2015, a European project for the sustainable development and innovation of choral singing.
This report by Collective Encounters evaluates their Transitions project in Liverpool – Transitions aimed to empower homeless people to engage more effectively with statutory and service provision, and to support them to make a smooth transition from street to hostel and hostel to home.
This interim report evaluates the second phase of the Arts and Older People Programme(AOPP 2013-2016)led by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland since 2010.
This paper evaluates Playing at Home, an exploratory project set up to research the experiences of family members of children who participate in In Harmony, one of Liverpool Philharmonic’s most significant music education programmes.
This summary research paper prepared for The Art of Social Prescribing conference in September 2015 presents a summary of key discussion points emerging from the Art of Social Prescribing project.
In this report, GPS Culture summarise their contribution to the national cultural policy debate, and their research into policy and practice in the support of the arts in England. They highlight their three key publications, which fed into the House of Commons Culture Media and Sport Select Committee’s report: ‘...
This NICE guideline covers interventions to maintain and improve the mental wellbeing and independence of people aged 65 or older and how to identify those most at risk of a decline.
Impact of arts education on the cognitive and non-cognitive outcomes of school-aged children: A review of evidence
This literature review, carried out by Durham University, was commissioned by the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) to assess the evidence of impact of arts education on cognitive and non-cognitive outcomes of children from pre-school to compulsory school age (ages 3 to 16).
This document combines two literature reviews which were undertaken for the evaluation of the Paul Hamlyn Foundation (PHF) special initiative, ArtWorks – it includes their accompanying annotated bibliographies.
Arts at the heart of new public services: Evaluation of a pilot arts commission in Kent using the Six Ways to Wellbeing
“Arts at the heart” is an evaluation report of a project for vulnerable young people in Kent. It was a pilot in which six arts organisations were contracted to help young people learn about the ‘Six Ways to Wellbeing’. The pilot is useful for cultural organisations to learn about tips and pitfalls at the beg...
This report assessed the intrinsic value of The Reader Organisation’s Shared Reading Scheme.Featured publication
This Arts Council England report resents findings on the relationships between cultural engagement and momentary wellbeing using experience sampling dataset gathered through the Mappiness phone app.
This review from Sheffield Hallam University considered papers reporting therapeutic arts interventions conducted on ‘patients’ which included some measurement of a health state.
This report presents the findings of an evaluation of the effects of the Choir of the Year (CotY) 2014 competition on participants’ physical, social and mental wellbeing and health.
Advice on the perennial problem of involving older men which many arts organisations have found challenging.
This summary report gives an overview of the initial findings from a long-term study of the charity Sistema Scotland’s Big Noise orchestras.
This report summarises findings in identifying the social value ‘Start in Salford’ creates and in developing an approach to valuing impact. This three year evaluation and support programme focused on leaving a social value legacy for Start.
Specific ideas and themes that emerged from a two-day meeting “The Nature of Creativity in the Brain, cosponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the Santa Fe Institute (SFI) in 2014.
Evaluation of the Reminiscence Arts and Dementia: Impact on Quality of Life (RADIQL) programme in six care homes
The aim of this evaluation was to provide a full assessment of the effectiveness of the RADIQL programme using HM Treasury Green Book consistent methods. The RADIQL intervention was tested on six care homes in the London boroughs of Lambeth and Southwark, and the results compared against six care homes designated as...
The role of allied health professionals in public health – examples of interventions delivered by allied health professionals that improve the publics’ health
Public Health England commissioned a team of academics led by Sheffield Hallam University to undertake an initial review to:
identify examples where there is good evidence of impact on public health by Allied Health Professionals (AHPs) and therefore an opportunity to broaden practice
identify areas wh...
This report on Social Prescribing by NHS Scotland is based on a rapid review of literature published between 2002 and 2014 and was produced in conjunction with the Self-Management and Social Prescribing National Advisory Group.
This report aims to establish a baseline against which the progress towards the attainment of outcomes and outputs of In Harmony Liverpool within Beacon CE Primary School can be assessed as the programme of work develops – Harmony Liverpool is inspired by Venezuela’s El Sistema.
This report aims to establish a baseline against which the progress towards the attainment of outcomes and outputs of In Harmony within Everton Nursery School can be assessed as the programme of work develops – In Harmony Liverpool is inspired by Venezuela’s El Sistema.