Latest resources

In this section you will find all the research, guidelines, data and resources that we have included in the LAHF newsletter. You can filter these by type of resource, or by theme using the tags on the right hand side of this page.

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Cultural Value and Social Capital

The work of arts and cultural organisations is life-enhancing and delivers positive effects on people’s health and wellbeing and on the strength of their communities, a new report reveals. But much more could be done if cultural organisations and government better understood the impact the arts make.

Data Toolkit

A free online resource for arts and cultural organisations looking to be creative with data has been launched by Knowle West Media Centre (KWMC). The Data Toolkit is a step-by-step guide to gathering and visualising information, evidence or data in creative ways and involving young people in the process.

The Paul Hamlyn Foundation’s ArtWorks Evaluation Survey of Artists

The majority of socially-engaged arts practitioners feel their work is not valued by the sector as a whole and that there is not enough understanding of its benefits, a new survey has shown.

More Than A Provider: The role of the voluntary sector in the commissioning of offender services

Voluntary sector organisations have played an active and vital role in criminal justice and community safety for over a century. More than just potential providers of services; they are advocates, campaigners, sources of vital information on service user need, a critical eye on existing services and innovators that drive social change.

Understanding the value and impacts of cultural experiences

Arts Council England have published Understanding the value and impacts of cultural experiences, an international literature review conducted for them by WolfBrown.

Bringing the Arts to Life: A Guide to the Arts and Long-Term Care

This latest resource from the Global Alliance for Arts & Health, published in partnership with IDEAS Institute and The Hulda B. & Maurice L. Rothschild Foundation, provides examples of how the arts in long-term care communities can play a key role in person-centered care by engaging older adults in the artistic process.

Supervising arts and health activity

A new article exploring the issues of supervising and governance of arts in health activity has been published.


Evaluation of senior participative arts

A new publication looking at the cost benefits of the Californian "Community of Voices” programme has been published.


Assessing impacts

Arts in health organisation Creative Future has published two reports analysing the wellbeing impact of their work on service users.


A Right Old Song and Dance

Dorset County Hospital has published an evaluation of a project which brought a storyteller and a musician together with patients with dementia.


Medicine Health and the Arts

Medicine, Health and the Arts is a collection of specially commissioned essays designed to bring together different approaches to these complex fields.

On Music and Dementia

While the Music Lasts is a new book by Rineke Smilde, Kate Page and Peter Alheit exploring the interaction between music and dementia.

Hospital arts case studies

rb&hArts has completed a compendium of different projects within its programme to offer an insight into the development and implementation of different types of arts activity in a hospital setting.

Sustaining the Note of Hope

A report from the Music and Dementia seminar hosted by The Rayne Foundation and the National Alliance for Arts and Health has now been published. The report includes case studies and recommendations for implementing music activities with and for people with a diagnosis of dementia.

Mike White on arts and health research

A new paper by arts and health researcher Mike White has been published by public art think-tank ixia. It explores the development of research into the role of the arts in NHS and community settings.