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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CLA ImagineNation report on benefits of arts education

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

The National Endowment for the Arts guide to community-engaged research in the arts and health

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.

A case study of Unlimited, Arts Council England’s disability art programme

The study explores the partnership between Shape and Artsadmin that produced Unlimited II, as they prepare for a third iteration, Unlimited III.

Read more and download the study here



Music, singing and wellbeing in adults with diagnosed conditions or dementia

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.

Economic Foundations for Creative Ageing Policy (Vol 2)

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.

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Teabooks evaluation 2015-16

An evaluation of book groups for older people in Oxfordshire, suggesting that the groups help over three-quarters of participants stay cheerful.

Using subjective wellbeing: Measuring wellbeing and cost-effectiveness analysis

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

The Aesop PHE Evaluation Framework

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:

Poverty medicine: General practice and vulnerable patients

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.

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Life Story Work for People with Dementia, Ordinary Lives, Extraordinary People

This new book sets out the benefits of using a life story approach for people living with dementia and provides guidance for good practice.

Theatre for children in hospital

This new book looks at the place of theatre for children who are hospitalized, showing how powerfully it can enhance their social and mental wellbeing.

Prison education review recommends greater arts provision

'Unlocking Potential: A review of education in prison'.

Published by the Ministry of Justice, Dame Sally Coates review recommends ‘greater provision of high quality creative arts’ as a means to improve general access to education and employment.

The Art of Commissioning: Report and video from the Cultural Commissioning Programme

A report and video resulting from the three-year Cultural Commissioning Programme, designed to help health commissioners better engage with the arts and cultural sector.

The report brings together case studies and analysis from the New Economics Foundation’s work with Kent County Council and the Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group.

Engaging families with young children through music

An essay by Soundcastle and Creative Futures exploring their recent projects aimed at those deemed ‘hard to reach’.

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New guide to participation in health innovation from Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity

'The art of involving people in health innovation' is based on interviews with local health innovators funded by Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity. It addresses the challenges of developing and delivering new health projects with the involvement of professionals, people who use health services, and the wider public.