Creative & Credible

Willis Newson and The University of the West of England, with funding from ESRC

Creative & Credible aims to support arts and health organisations and practitioners to engage with evaluation creatively, to improve their practice, to strengthen the evidence base around the benefits and impacts of arts and health projects and to make well-informed spending decisions.

Creative and Credible was a knowledge exchange project funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (UK) between September 2014 and August 2015.  It was led by Professor Norma Daykin (UWE Bristol) in collaboration with arts consultants, Willis Newson.  The project sought to develop the knowledge, skills and resources of the arts and health sector around evaluation. In particular, it explored the role of arts-based perspectives and methods, emphasising the value of creative approaches used within a robust framework.

The Creative & Credible website is one of the legacies of the project. The website may help you to understand why you might need to evaluate, what approaches might be appropriate, and to plan and implement evaluation for your project. You will also find downloadable handouts, examples and links to other evaluation resources.  The content you will find on the site was developed and identified through a critical review of current evaluation knowledge and practice, and through discussion and interview with members of a Stakeholder Reference Group (SRG) established for the project.

The Creative and Credible Project Team was: Norma Daykin (Principle Investigator, UWE), Jane Willis (Project Lead, Willis Newson), Dr Mel McCree (Senior Research Associate, UWE) and Dr Karen Gray (Willis Newson).

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Author: Willis Newson and The University of the West of England, with funding from ESRC
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Publisher Year: 2015
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