Knowledge Bank: Evaluations / Reports

Space to Grow

Part One Evaluation

Photo credit: Magda Lackowska

Author: Kate Denner, Down to Earth

CVUHB Space to Grow Evaluation

Part Two evaluation

Space to Grow - Part Two Evaluation

Author: Kate Denner, Down to Earth

HDUHB Arts Boost Arts & Mental Health Programme

Evaluation Report Year 2

Evaluation report from HDUHB Year 2 Art Boost arts and mental health programme funded by The Baring Foundation and Arts Council Wales.

Author: Dr Gareth Davies

HDUHB Creative Prescribing Discovery Programme

Evaluation Report

HDUHB ACW funded Creative Prescribing Discovery Programme evaluation report prepared by Billy Woods, Tritech Institute and Innovation. Evaluation Lead is Professor Chris Hopkins.

Author: Billy Woods Tritech Institute

Social Value of Movement and Dance

Movement, dance and exercise are understood to have significant benefits for physical and mental wellbeing.

Author: Sport and Recreation Alliance

The Body Hotel Moving Self Compassion

SROI Evaluation

Social Return on Investment Evaluation of the Body Hotel's Moving Self Compassion Programme. More info about the programme and evaluation here.

Author: The Body Hotel

Creatively Minded Men

Exploring men’s participation in arts and mental health activities

Baring Foundation's latest report is a compilation of research, data and case studies in this field of men's participation in creative health.

Author: David Cutler and Harriet Lowe

Craft of Wellbeing Crefft Lles

Ruthin Craft Centre

Exploring the relationship between craft and mindfulness

Author: Ruthin Craft Centre

DanceWell Evaluation Report

An evaluation of Hywel Dda University Health Board’s Dance on Prescription pilot

DanceWell was a one year project delivered by Arts Care/Gofal Celf in partnership with HDUHB for patients with chronic illness and/or mobility issues via the 2T's GP Cluster Community MDT.

Author: Sarah Rees, HDUHB

Creative Health Review Report 2023

How Policy Can Embrace Creative Health

The National Centre for Creative Health (NCCH) and the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Arts, Health and Wellbeing (APPG AHW) launched the report of the Creative Health Review on 6th December 2023.

Author: Centre for Creatve Health and APPG Arts Health & Wellbeing

Care Creatively

Care Creatively was an artist led project targeting the health and wellbeing of people living with dementia.

Author: Making Sense CIC

Writing Tree Project

Evaluation and Handbook

Writing Tree Evaluation and Handbook


Creatively Minded and Refugees

Arts, mental health and refugees

New report from the Baring Foundation - Creatively Minded and Refugees, showcasing organisations who offer creative opportunities to refugees and people seeking asylum.

Author: Counterpoint Arts

How Does Nature Transform Our Health?

Coed Lleol (Small Woods)

A powerful short video created by Coed Lleol (Small Woods) highlighting the benefits of nature for our health and wellbeing

Author: Coed Lleol

Evaluation poster The Body Hotel Moving Respite

Evaluation Report Poster

The Body Hotel: Moving Respite, an employee wellbeing dance/movement pilot programme Nov 2021 to April 2022, funded by ACW and HEIW with additional Cwm Taf Morgannwg UHB partnership

Author: Thania Acaron The Body Hotel

How Ya Doing? Sut Mae'n Mynd?

Evaluation Report

How Ya Doing? evaluation report by Jane Willis

Author: Jane Willis

The Work Hurts

Artist support and supervision

The Work Hurts by Alison O'Connor, USW, exploring the emotional impact on arts practitioners of working in health, social care and participatory settings published by the Journal of Arts and Health

Author: Alison O'Connor

Evaluation of the Arts and Health Coordinator Capacity Building Programme

impact of the arts and health coordinator roles within health boards across Wales.

UK Research & Consultancy Services Ltd evaluation of the impact of the Arts and Health Coordinator roles within Health Boards across Wales.

Author: Welsh NHS Confederation

Dance for Parkinsons

National Dance Company Wales and English National Ballet Dance for Parkinson's classes report.

Author: NDCW

Stories on Prescription

People Speak Up

A 6 month pilot project which explored the ways in which storytelling and related creative activities have on participants' health and wellbeing.

Author: PeopleSpeakUp

Arts and Creativity for Severe Mental Illness

Baring Foundation

A new research review from the Baring Foundation exploring What is the role of arts and creativity for people with a severe mental illness?

Author: Hannah Zeilig, Corinna Hackmann, Julian West, Melanie Handley and Jasmin Plant

MARCH Network Improving Access to the Arts for Mental Health

Evidence of Enablers and Barriers

Research from the MARCH Network around enablers and barriers to the arts for people with lived experience of mental health challenges.

Author: MARCH Network

From Surviving to Thriving

Building a model for sustainable practice in creativity and mental health

The report follows a 6-month project to understand how we might help more people and organisations using creativity to support mental health to survive and thrive.

Author: Culture Health & Wellbeing Alliance

cARTrefu evaluation

Social Return on Investment

Short animation about the Social Return on Investment from the cARTrefu programme

Author: Age Cymru

Age Cymru cARTrefu Films

Creating Artists in Residence

Short films from cARTrefu 2015-2022 showcasing projects across Wales and including reflections from project artists, residents and carers

Author: Age Cymru


A Spoken Word Performance by Duke Al Durham

Unlocked - a spoken word performance by Duke Al Durham as part of the Arts Council of Wales funded project, Cardiff Royal Infirmary: People, Place, Future.

Author: Duke Al Durham

ABUHB Iceberg Arts Report

Year 1 Report

The aims of the Arts Programme have been to work across the Iceberg Transformation and find ways that creativity and the arts can be woven into and support this work.

Author: Eleanor Davis

Baring Foundation Creatively Minded and the NHS

Baring Foundation report Creatively Minded and the NHS highlighting health boards and trusts offering participation work including Swansea Bay UHB and Cardiff & Vale UHB

Author: David Cutler

Baring Foundation Creatively Minded and Ethnically Diverse

Funding Q & A Blog Post

A comprehensive report from artist Gail Howard who attended the Baring Foundation's Creatively Minded and Ethnically Diverse report launch and funding Q & A

Author: Gail Howard

How creativity and culture are supporting people in institutions during covid-19

New Report

A new report, recommendations and collection of case studies of work reaching people resident in hospitals, care homes, hospices, prisons and other instutions during the pandemic

Author: Culture Health and Wellbeing Alliance

Arts Council of Wales Arts and Health Mapping Report

2018 ACW Arts and Health Mapping Report with key recommendations to promote the arts and health sector in Wales

Author: Arts Council of Wales

Stories to the Door and Stories by Phone

A Creative Approach to Tackling Loneliness

PeopleSpeakUp ‘Stories to the Door’ and 'Stories by Phone'referral programme.

Author: People Speak Up

Amethyst Project Small World Theatre

Pilot project with 9-18 year olds supporting mental health and well-being

Author: Deri Morgan

cARTrefu Project Social Return On Investment

The SROI analysis, conducted by the Dementia Service Development Centre Wales at Bangor University, found that cARTrefu delivered a Social Return on Investment of £6.48 for every pound invested.

Author: DSDC Bangor University

HARP COVID-19 Sprint Challenge Final Report

Final Report of the Nesta Y Lab HARP Sprint Challenge programme 2020

Author: Rosie Dow, Programme Manager, Y Lab, Nesta

Cardiff & Vale UHB Arts and Health Charity Report

The latest bi-annual report from Cardiff & Vale UHB Arts and Health Charity including projects and interventions during Covid-19

Author: Cardiff & Vale UHB Arts and Health Charity

Dance Delivery during Lockdown, Dance and Health for Families

An exploration of online dance delivery from NDCWales during the Lockdown.

NDCWales created a range of online activity during the Lockdown. Titled Kin Connected. Amongst this activity was project led by Angharad Harrop one of our Dance Ambassadors, targeted at families.

Author: Guy O'Donnell

cARTrefu Adroddiad Gwerthuso 2015 - 2017: Creu artistiaid o breswylwyr

Rhaglen gyfranogi a mentora celf genedlaethol mewn cartrefi gofal

Author: Algar-Skaife, K., Caulfield, M. & Woods

cARTrefu Evaluation Report 2015 - 2017: Creating Artists in Residents

A national arts in care homes participatory and mentoring programme.

Author: Algar-Skaife, K., Caulfield, M. & Woods

Dance to Health Swansea Bay Health Board

A falls prevention project

Dance to Health is run by Aesop (Arts Enterprise with a Social Purpose) It combines evidence-based falls prevention principles with the creativity, expression and energy of dance.

Author: Prue Thimbleby

Cardiff and Vale UHB Art Team Report

Cardiff & Vale UHB Art Team's report of first six months of activity.

Author: Simone Joslyn

Birth Cafe

People Speak Up Pilot project, Ffwrnes Theatre, Llanelli

In partnership with Dr Tracy Evans we created a five week pilot project that offered space for women to share their birth stories. Through speaking and listening to the body.

Author: Eleanor Shaw & Tracy Evans