The UK’s arts sector is world-class and wide-reaching. It transforms people’s lives and has the potential to solve social problems and improve people’s health and well-being. Aesop’s mission is to unlock and realise this potential. Aesop takes society’s needs and problems as the starting point, and incubates evidence-based, cost-effective, sustainable solutions which use high quality arts.
All Party Parliamentary Group for Arts, Health and Wellbeing
The APPG was launched in January 2014 to allow peers and MPs with a shared interest in the field of arts and health to come together for regular events to hear about and discuss the latest developments relevant to current policy priorities. To date, the group have discussed arts in the context of the Care Act, the role of arts in local authority and public health commissioning, music and health, arts and dementia. The secretariat for the APPG is provided by the National Alliance for Arts, Health and Wellbeing supported by the London Arts and Health Forum.
The Big Lottery Fund have a range of resources and guides on their evaluation and research pages.
Charities Evaluation Service
The Charities Evaluation Service supports voluntary sector organisations and their funders, organisations become more effective and better equipped to demonstrate their value. CES provides evaluation resources including tools for outcomes and impact measurement, theories of change and data collection tools.
College of Medicine
The College of Medicine advocates for a new attitude to healthcare: one which forges partnerships across society, emphasises prevention and a multi-faceted approach and empowers a healthier, happier population. We think everyone should be part of the conversation about health, not just a select professional elite.
Founded in 2010, we bring together the experience of senior healthcare professionals and scientists who know the NHS from the inside; the lateral thinking and enthusiasm of the many students associated with the College and – centrally – the powerful voice of all those who receive healthcare, and their carers.
Commissioning Dance for Health and Well-Being: Guidance and Resources for Commissioners
Commissioning Dance for Health and Well-Being:Guidance and Resources for Commissioners
Dance has a significant part to play in improving the health and wellbeing of the population. The public sector and partners are focussing joint work to reduce the rise in obesity, improve mental health and increase physical activity levels. Dance has proven it has the potential to excite the interest of people from young to old alike and so can help to meet key health needs. This guidance document has been developed in response to the ongoing government commitment to improve public health and wellbeing and to support the health and dance sectors to work effectively in partnership.
Creative and Credible
Creative and Credible is a knowledge exchange project between The University of the West of England and arts and health consultancy Willis Newson, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council. The project provides resources to strengthen practice-led evaluation arts for health and wellbeing, enabling practitioners to broaden their evaluation knowledge and skills and to engage effectively with commissioning agendas. It is guided by a Stakeholder Reference Group comprising leading arts and health researchers and evaluators, artists and arts practitioners, commissioners and key players in the field. The project has produced a website to from which arts and health evaluation knowledge and resources can be freely downloaded.
Cultural Commissioning Programme
The Cultural Commissioning Programme is a three year Arts Council England funded programme which runs to June 2016. The project supports arts and cultural organisations to engage in public sector commissioning. Its various workstreams help the arts and cultural sector develop skills and capacity to engage in commissioning, enable commissioners to develop awareness and know-how of commissioning arts and cultural organisations to deliver public service outcomes, encourage relationships between cultural providers and commissioners, and influence policy makers and raise the profile of this area of work.
Case studies on cultural commissioning
Information for public service commissioners and for arts and cultural organisations to help them work together to secure better outcome
Know How Non Profit
Information for public service commissioners and for arts and cultural organisations to help them work together to secure better outcomes
National Alliance for Arts, Health & Wellbeing
Launched in 2012, The National Alliance for Arts, Health and Wellbeing aims to provide a clear, focused voice to articulate the role creativity can play in health and wellbeing. It provides resources for the arts sector, including research and evidence.
New Economics Foundation
New Economics Foundation is the UK's leading think tank promoting social, economic and environmental justice. It has developed The Five Ways to Wellbeing: a set of simple evidence-based actions which promote people’s wellbeing. They are: Connect, Be Active, Take Notice, Keep Learning and Give. These activities are simple things individuals can do in their everyday lives.
Royal Society of Public Health (RSPH)
RSPH is an independent, multi-disciplinary charity dedicated to the improvement of the public’s health and wellbeing. RSPH has made important contributions to the development of arts and health including the annual Arts and Health Awards and the Special Interest Group for arts, health and wellbeing, chaired by Professor Stephen Clift (Canterbury Christchurch University). The group’s aims are to share current research and best practice, organise conferences, seminars and workshops, and influence government policy as a professional body. Membership of the SIG is open to all RSPH members with an interest in the contribution the creative arts can make to wellbeing and health.
Social Care Institute of Excellence
The Social Care Institute of Excellence is a leading improvement support agency and independent charity, working with the care and support sector in the UK. It has produced a guide to co-production in services and care, aimed at managers and commissioners, frontline practitioners and people who use services and carers.
What Works Centre for Wellbeing
The What Works research centre is a government initiative which, with the Economic and Social Research Council and Public Health England, seeks to develop understanding of what policy makers, third sector and business partners can do to increase wellbeing. The centre is commissioning a research synthesis of what works, and secondary data analysis, initially in three areas: employment and learning, community wellbeing, culture and sport. This is alongside work on measurement, analysis of data, definitions and identifying area for further research in relation to wellbeing.