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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Open Conversations: Developing strong, effective connections to Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities
A report produced by the Voluntary Arts BAME Advisory Panel to support other organisations working to increase their diversity.
The handbook from the Dementia and Imagination Research Programme features ideas and recommendations for developing visual arts projects with and for, people affected by dementia. It is designed to be as accessible as possible.
The Wellbeing in Later Life Index from Age UK and the University of Southampton is based on a survey of 15,000 people aged 60 and over. It highlights taking part in creative activities as the biggest influencing factor on wellbeing in later life.
The activities cited include dancing, playing a musical instrument, visiting museums, photography, singing, painting and writing.
A summary of how arts participation can improve lives, highlighting the ways in which:
a-n/AIR's Exhibition Payment Guide (attached) provides advice for organisations applying for activity where artists’ work is being presented to the public in exhibitions. From 2017, Arts Council England expect organisations applying for funding to budget for and demonstrate fair payment to artists.
A report from the Cultural Learning Alliance setting out the developmental and social advantages derived from arts and cultural education.
The report's key findings are below
This new guide from the US outlines ways to reconcile the field-specific vocabularies used in the arts and health research; identifies study goals and methods for engaging community members as equal partners in a research project; and highlights the benefits of partnering for arts professionals and researchers.
The study explores the partnership between Shape and Artsadmin that produced Unlimited II, as they prepare for a third iteration, Unlimited III.
A policy briefing based on a systematic review of evidence from the What Works Centre for Wellbeing.
The review highlights promising evidence and emphasises the need to find out more.
This second volume by Andrzej Klimczuk, 'Putting theory into practice', combines case studies of good practice with theoretical analysis, with a view to developing strategies for international application. The book has practical exercises designed for students and practitioners in the area of creative ageing.
An evaluation of book groups for older people in Oxfordshire, suggesting that the groups help over three-quarters of participants stay cheerful.
A new discussion paper from the 'Measuring Wellbeing' series produced by the What Works Centre for Wellbeing - designed to ignite discussion about measuring wellbeing.
The piece suggests that
Aesop and Public Health England has published a framework for evaluating arts activities designed to support health and wellbeing.
The document aims to “strengthen understanding of what works in specific contexts and enable realistic assessment and appropriate comparisons to be made between programmes.”
And is intended for:
An assessment by GP Jonathan Tomlinson of vulnerability, poverty, and resilience, their relationship with health and healthcare, and what this requires of GPs, policy makers and patient advocates.
This new book sets out the benefits of using a life story approach for people living with dementia and provides guidance for good practice.