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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Managing Art Projects with Societal Impact: Free online MAPSI study book

Managing Art Projects with Societal Impact is about creating and managing the power of art projects to change individuals and societies.

Poems in the Waiting Room: Research Notes

Arts in health charity Poems in the Waiting Room has published seven research notes, covering research undertaken by the charity over 13 years. The most recent, just issued, details a project funded by the Ashley Family Foundation to extend the charity’s poetry card scheme for NHS general practice waiting rooms to Wales, including the results of an evaluation survey.

LSE festival on arts and health – video

Watch the LSE’s literary festival from 23 February 2016, focused on the arts and health – and making the economic case for arts interventions in health.

Watch here

Age of Creativity: call for evidence bank

Age of Creativity are building an online evidence bank around the impact of the arts and culture on reducing loneliness in the UK, and are looking for any research, evaluation, case studies and reports that could help with this work.

At the Heart of Health: Realising the value of people and communities

'At the Heart of Health: Realising the value of people and communities' is a recently-published report by NESTA and the Health Foundation which strengthens the case for people taking an active role in their own health and care.

Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: Music beneficial for early-stage dementia

Researchers led by Dr. Teppo Särkämö at University of Helsinki, Finland have revealed that caregiver-implemented musical leisure activities, particularly singing, are cognitively and emotionally beneficial especially in the early stages of dementia. The findings could help improve dementia care and better target the use of music in different stages of dementia.

Report on the impact of allied health professionals, including arts therapists

Public Health England has published research analysing the impact of allied health professionals on public health.

Public Health England commissioned a team of academics led by Sheffield Hallam University to undertake an initial review to:

Exploring early-stage dementia through photography and storytelling

A report by researcher Alison Ward on her research in Denmark exploring the experiences of people with early stage dementia, through the means of photography and storytelling.

Read the report here

Best practice guide for artists working in prison

A new guide for artists working in prisons has resulted from a three-year, evaluated programme of arts interventions in the Scottish criminal justice system.

New Resources from the Cultural Commissioning Programme

The NCVO’s Cultural Commissioning Programme has updated its website with a range of new resources for arts and cultural organisations and public service commissioners.

Among the resources available are some to help with:

Table of Directors of Public Health

Public Health England has published a list of all 113 Directors of Public Health in England.

The list provides a useful resource for people seeking to access local commissioners. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/directors-of-public-health-in-england--2

New Textbook of Creative Arts, Health, and Wellbeing

The Oxford Textbook of Creative Arts, Health, and Wellbeing will be launched at an event on 20 January 2016 6.30pm – 9pm at the Southbank Centre.

Dance and Parkinson’s

A new research study into the mark Morris Group’s Brooklyn Dance for PD programme has found that participants experienced significant improvement in overall movement, particularly walking.

The study, published in Journal of Neural Transmission, found participants reported feeling better and empowered and enhanced quality of life.

Music and Social Change

Researcher Francois Matarasso has published a paper exploring issues in delivering music projects aimed at tackling health and social outcomes.

https://arestlessart.files.wordpress.com/2015/10/2015-music-and-social-change.pdf

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