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ERIC Number: EJ802291
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 28
ISSN: ISSN-0965-4283
Community Arts for Health: An Evaluation of a District Programme
South, Jane
Health Education, v106 n2 p155-168 2006
Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to present an evaluation of a community arts for health programme in the UK involving the delivery of three separate projects targeted at disadvantaged areas. Design/methodology/approach: Evaluation plans were drawn up for each project, which linked long-term goals, objectives, indicators of success and data collection methods. Evidence was collected during the projects. In addition, 16 semi-structured interviews were conducted with individuals involved in the programme. Findings: The projects used a range of creative methods, which were found to be accessible and relevant. A number of short-term health and social outcomes were demonstrated. The programme also had wider impact through strengthening partnership working and the development of knowledge and skills. Research limitations/implications: This was a small-scale study with limited in-depth data from participants. Long-term outcomes were not assessed. There is scope for more studies investigating the impact of arts activity on health and social care organisations and the training needs of staff. Practical implications: A number of implications for practice emerged from the findings, including the importance of building local ownership and involvement, and the development of sustainable activity through partnership working. Originality/value: This evaluation contributes to the small evidence base for arts for health interventions. It identifies outcomes from the activities and discusses issues relating to the development and implementation of community-based arts for health projects. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom