Step 7: Reconnect

Step 7 is the final step in designing and implementing an arts in health intervention. By Step 7, an entire intervention will have been conceptualized, designed, implemented, and evaluated. It may well be running effectively and, following the financial models outlined in Chapter 7, have secured long-term funding or have been turned into a sustainable service. However, to ensure its ongoing success, there are three further processes that can help to support it.

Remap the environment

Step 1 involved undertaking a PESTLE analysis of the political, economic, social, technological, legal, and environmental factors that might provide a context for an intervention. Once an intervention is in place, reconnecting with these at both a micro (local organization) and macro (wider national or international) level could offer opportunities for the project. There may have been shifts in one or more of these factors that could now give a wider platform for the project. For example, there may be plans for a new political agenda around the health condition involved, a new funding stream may have opened, there may be campaigns to support certain demographics in an area such as a new local ageing programme, new technologies may have come to the market, safeguarding procedures may have changed, or it could simply be a new time of year. Now that there is not just an idea for an intervention but an existing intervention with a range of evaluation data, gaining organizational or wider recognition may be possible. People who may have been sceptical about an idea initially may be convinced now and be able to offer support or other opportunities. Alternatively, there may be new challenges on the horizon that should be planned for accordingly. Regular PESTLE analyses undertaken in the background will help to ensure a smooth path for the project ahead.

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