Research related projects

At this stage, it is also useful to carry out two other types of research:

  • 1. Research studies that have been carried out exploring previous arts (or similar) interventions with the target group should be identified. The evidence base available may point to certain solutions being particularly effective, or highlight which are the key factors in an intervention that contribute to its efficacy. Conversely, research studies may show which interventions did not work and discuss why. Both of these angles will help to build a strong case for support to discuss with stakeholders or funders. Understanding how successful interventions were designed will also guide the planning stage for the intervention being developed. Studies can be found through entering keywords into search engines and databases including Google Scholar, PubMed, and PsychINFO, and there are also a wealth of research studies in the fact file in Part IV
  • 2. It can also be revealing to identify which arts in health interventions already exist in different organizations. There may be other successful projects already running for the target group that can be learnt from, or there may equally be projects that have not been successful in their aims because of unforeseen problems. Starting to consider the range of arts options available at the same time as determining the needs of the target group may help solidify thoughts prior to the main generation of ideas on appropriate interventions, as discussed later in Step 4. Examples of practice and details of where to find out more about existing projects is also given in the fact file in Part IV.
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