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Great Place Greater Manchester On-line Conference

A series of lunchtime thematic webinars
taking place over 4 weeks. Hear about project
successes and lessons learnt, programme
outcomes and how we are taking this work
forward across Greater Manchester.

Great Place GM was a 3 year action
research programme led by GMCA and part
of the national Great Place scheme funded
by National Lottery Heritage Fund and Arts
Council England.

Take part in the debate about the role of
arts and culture in a post pandemic world.

Culture, Health and Wellbeing, Tuesday 21st September

Creative Ageing Thursday 30th September

No-one Left Out Tuesday 12th October

Our Place Thursday 21st October

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Consultation

Evaluation during the Pandemic

Evaluating Remote and Online Creative Activities During the Pandemic

Changes in approaches to evaluating creative activities delivered remotely or online during COVID-19 have been prompted by increased flexibility from funders and the continuing need to find appropriate, accessible and sustainable ways to access participant experience.

These are two of the findings uncovered through a recent curated online conversation, hosted by Willis Newson, Creative and CredibleArts and Health South West and the Culture Health and Wellbeing Alliance, in association with Professor Norma Daykin and Dr Karen Gray.

The event, on 8th September 2020, brought together an invited group of 36 mainly UK-based arts practitioners, evaluators and researchers. Short keynote presentations from the field were followed by facilitated breakout discussions and a plenary.

Discussion highlighted the adaptive, improvisational, and innovative ways in which arts and health practice is responding to Covid-19.

Evaluation was seen as critical in terms of providing evidence of outcomes in order to ensure the survival of the arts and cultural sector. However, with funders showing themselves to be flexible, many attendees had felt more able to question the type of evaluation that would be most useful. This had been accompanied by a shift from measuring quantitative outcomes to qualitative impact and process evaluation.

Attendees recognised evaluation as crucial to honing emerging practice, ensuring appropriateness and best meeting participant needs. It was felt that evaluating innovations in practice resulting from responses to Covid-19 could be critical to the long-term development of the sector.

Attendees asked: “How do we use existing forms of evaluation but not be limited by them?” They recognised that participatory and creative approaches to evaluation support its integration into project delivery, make participants feel more like people and less like data, and enable access to participant voices, authentic stories and experience.

Illustration by Emma Lazenby of Formed Films

The session raised questions for future discussion. How can we share insights from evaluation to inform both practice and policy? How can we share expertise and work collectively?  And, how can we continue to ensure quality by nurturing reflection in and on practice – even amidst a crisis?

A full report of the discussion is available to download here

Source: Creative & Credible/ Arts and Health South West/ Culture Health and Wellbeing Alliance

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GM i-THRIVE Arts Culture& Mental Health: Ask us Anything

Ask us anything…

Here’s your chance to get answers to any questions you have about arts, culture and mental health. 

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Maybe you’d like to know:

Could something like singing actually help my mental health?
Is there any evidence for the benefits?
What’s available in my area? 

We’ll be answering your questions throughout July during our dedicated Arts, Culture and Mental Health month. Keep your eye on your inbox, and follow us on twitter @GMiTHRIVE where we’ll be providing the answers and more.