Discussion Paper on Evaluating Arts-based Programmes for People with Dementia, and their Impact on Wellbeing

In response to an increasing interest in the concept of wellbeing and a shift towards outcomes-focused evaluations, this discussion paper was undertaken by Devine and Lloyd (2015) to highlight key issues related to evaluating the outcomes of an arts-based intervention/programme for people with dementia, with a particular focus on the wellbeing of participants. It defines what evaluation is, distinguishes between different evaluation methods and explains key issues in the evaluation design, The paper reviews three main questionnaires that have been developed to measure wellbeing in adults and the disadvantages of using questionnaires. It identifies other methods that can be used to gather information on wellbeing including research interviews, focus groups, diaries and participant observation and key points that need to be considered when evaluating the impact of a programme on wellbeing. With regard to measuring the impact of interventions/programmes with people with dementia, the paper highlights the complexity of this, quality of life measures that have been developed to do this, and the range of approaches aimed at enabling people with dementia to participate in evaluation. The paper then presents six case studies of outcomes-focused evaluations of interventions/programmes for people with dementia, three of which are arts-based programmes. The paper also includes a lit of useful resources.
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Discussion Paper on Evaluating Arts-based Programmes for People with Dementia, and their Impact on Wellbeing
References: 
Devine, P. and Lloyd, K. (2015) Evaluating Arts-based Programmes for People with Dementia, and their Impact on Wellbeing, ARK, Belfast, Queens University Belfast.