Evidence

A Society of Readers

The new Demos report (commissioned by The Reading Agency) describes the evidence that reading can help to combat loneliness, and acts as a tool to protect future generations from the loneliness epidemic. The report recommends greater government investment in reading.

RSPH SIG Research Corner November 2018

Each month the Arts in Health Special Interest Group at the RSPH curates a short collection of recent peer-reviewed papers that may be useful for practitioners and researchers working in this area.

APPG press release on social prescribing, culture and health

The All Party Parliamentary Group for Arts, Health and Wellbeing has created a press release on social prescribing, culture and health that brings together case studies from arts-on-prescription schemes and quotes from the Secretary of State's recent speech on social prescribing and the cultural

RSPH SIG Research Corner October 2018

This is the first of the Royal Society for Public Health's Research Corner series for the Culture, Health and Wellbeing Alliance.

Aesop/BOP Active Ingredients report

Aesop and BOP Consulting have published a new approach to helping practitioners and commissioners in the arts and social sectors to understand more about how arts interventions actually work.

What Works for Wellbeing guide for measuring impact on wellbeing

What Works for Wellbeing has published a practical guide for small to medium-sized charities or social enterprises seeking to measure their impact on wellbeing – whether this is in terms of health, education or employment. The guide will help you design questions and analyse their results.

Justifying the arts in health and care in Finland: A discourse analytic inquiry

Located at the interface between arts educational research and cultural health and well-being research, this article published in Cogent Arts & Humanities explicates the interpretative repertoires and discourses used to justify arts in elderly care.

NEA/University of Michigan report on participatory arts and older people

Staying Engaged: Health Patterns of Older Americans Who Engage in the Arts is a detailed look at arts participation habits, attitudes toward the arts, and related health characteristics of adults aged 55+.

ACE self-evaluation toolkit

Arts Council England have launched a self-evaluation toolkit for people, companies and partnerships in the arts, cultural and creative sectors.

Personal perspectives on urban health and wellbeing

A new Guy’s and St Thomas' charity report (attached) combines data, expert opinion and lived experience to look at the complex interaction between the assets and risks of urban environment, diversity and deprivation, and their impact on health.

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