Creative and Credible
Arts, Health and Wellbeing Evaluation Training

Willis Newson is working with partners, including The Royal Society of Public Health, The Wales Arts, Health & Wellbeing Network, Engage Cymru, Surrey Arts Partnership and The University of Winchester to deliver training in how to evaluate arts, health and wellbeing projects.

The training draws on and is supported by resources from www.creativeandcredible.co.uk, an Economic and Social Research Council funded research project with University of the West of England, led by Professor Norma Daykin and Jane Willis, which aims to support best practice in arts, health and wellbeing evaluation.

“The most beneficial training day I’ve ever been to. Looking forward to practicing my new evaluation methods over the next year Uni, and I feel inspired to run my own project.”

Creative and Credible evaluation training explores key principles and methodologies for evaluating arts for health and wellbeing programmes. Using a Theory of Change model, it supports participants to articulate project outcomes and impacts, enabling them to better understand what to evaluate and how to go about it.

“The concept of writing a formal evaluation of a project was new and daunting to me. I now feel that I understand the steps to take before, during and after a project to successfully write on evaluation.”

Participants from a two-day Creative and Credible training programme in Wrexham for The Wales Arts, Health & Wellbeing Network and Engage Cymru in November 2018, said:
The training is delivered by Willis Newson Director Jane Willis, who brings an understanding of the subject from both a practitioner and academic perspective. 

“I thought Jane built the session very well, she gave us stepping stones to guide us to the end, almost like building blocks to inform the next session.”

A strategic thinker and creative producer, Jane set up Vital Arts, the arts programme at Barts Health NHS Trust in 1993 and, since then, has worked with more than 32 NHS Trusts to produce inspiring creative programmes that improve health and wellbeing.

She has played an active role in the development of the sector over the past 24 years and her expertise in arts and health evaluation has been developed through a longstanding relationship with the University of the West of England where she worked with Professor Norma Daykin on a series of academic knowledge exchanges exploring how best to evaluate wellbeing outcomes.

The Willis Newson approach to evaluation is rigorous, appropriate to the context and rooted in creative practice.

It has de-mystified technical jargon.”
 “The whole 2 days felt interactive and engaging.”
“Brilliant chance to learn from others and engage in the interesting conversations.”
“It was intensive, but incredibly valuable.”
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If you are interested in commissioning a Creative and Credible Training programme, please contact Jane directly on Jane@willisnewson.co.uk