Creative and credible evaluation for arts, health and well-being: opportunities and challenges of co-production
This paper reports findings from a one-year UK knowledge exchange project completed in 2015. Stakeholders’ experiences of evaluation were explored in order to develop online resources to strengthen knowledge and capacity within the arts and health sector
This paper reports findings from a UK knowledge exchange (KE) project that ran from September 2014 to August 2015 (Daykin, Willis, Gray, & McCree, 2016. Creative and credible: Developing evaluation resources for arts, health and wellbeing. Report of a knowledge exchange project. Bristol: UWE)
The project grew out of a long-standing collaboration between a University and a leading arts and health consultancy focused on improving evaluation practice in arts, health and well-being sector.
Methods: The project used mixed methods, including a survey, interviews and focus groups, guided by a Stakeholder Reference Group comprised of 26 leading UK evaluators, researchers, artists, health professionals, commissioners and funders.
Results: The project identified opportunities for arts arising from current health and social care policy agendas. It also identified challenges including the lack of agreed evaluation frameworks and difficulties in evaluation practice.
Conclusions: Co-production between stakeholders is needed to strengthen evaluation practice and support the development of the arts and health sector. Effective co-production can be undermined by structural and cultural barriers as well as unequal stakeholder relationships. The paper discusses recent initiatives designed to support best practice.
The full article was published in Arts and Health: An International Journal for Research, Policy and Practice on 26th September 2016.
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