Arts, Health and Wellbeing: Evaluation of Arts Interventions in Health and Social Care Settings is a two day course taking place on 6 and 7 February 2015 at the University of Winchester. The course, organised by the Research Centre for the Arts as Wellbeing, focuses on understanding the practical context and challenges involved in arts and health evaluation; setting appropriate aims and objectives for evaluation; and looking at the ways in which academia and practice can work together to make the best use of the skills, knowledge, and creativity of both.

There will be discussions on the question of ‘value’ in relation to arts activities, covering a range of approaches including cost-benefit analysis, social return on investment, and measurement of social impact. There will also be explorations into how the results of research and evaluation can be disseminated in order to improve practice and contribute to the evidence base for arts and health.

The course is led by a highly experienced arts and health practitioner Jane Willis, and evaluator Dr Karen Gray, of arts consultancy firm Willis Newson, using a mixture of discussion, case studies and practical exercises as well as traditional presentation. This course is of special interest to academic researchers wishing to understand the context in which arts for health and wellbeing initiatives are delivered and the challenges involved in evaluating them. It will also be of interest to arts and health practitioners and managers who wish to explore their own evaluation practice and develop an awareness of a range of approaches to evaluating and researching the value and impact of their work.

Friday 6 February: 4 pm – 7.30 pm
Saturday 7 February: 10 am – 4 pm

Cost: £75 per person

For more information and to book your place, please contact


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