Disseminate is an action-based evaluation, research and publishing project that aims to collect and share resources for the arts and health sectors. Disseminate evidences the benefits of community-based participation in the arts, offering case studies, best practice, evaluation tools and approaches that can serve practitioners, academics and policy makers.
Evaluators from the Disseminate team offer research and consultancy services to oraganisations needing assistance with evaluating programs or projects. We are able to assist with evaluation design, data collection, data analaysis, communications and advocacy. We also offer professional blogging and other print and online publishing services aimed at capturing processes and outcomes of arts and health projects.
Disseminate is an inclusive site and welcomes content that demonstrates the diversity of arts and health practice and the promotion of social inclusion. The PlaceStories system is being used as a key tool to create and publish content from a range of community groups and sectors as part of its research process.
Masthead Image: Katrina Barber, Light Series (detail), watercolour on paper, 2013
UWA study on the benefits of the arts to mental health
UWA researchers have published their findings from a population-based study that quantifies the relationship between recreational arts activity and mental wellbeing in the general population. Read the paper here.
Tamarack Institute for Community Engagement
Canadian charity Tamarack Institute for Community Engagement develops and supports learning communities to help people collaborate and to co-generate knowledge that solves complex community challenges. You can view the site and find a great range of collective impact tools, blogs, events and insights here.
Centre for Social Impact
One of the best collaborations aiming to improve the delivery of beneficial social impact in Australia through research, teaching, measurement and the promotion of public debate.
Find out more here.
Griffith Review: Cultural Solutions
Griffith Review 44, Cultural Solutions, has a significant CACD strand running through it with contributions from some of the best CACD thinkers and practitioners. You can order a copy or read more here.
Griffith Review is one of the nation's leading quarterly journals and a must-read for anyone interested in current conversations in politics, journalism, literature, the arts, education and other topics.
Nesta promotes innovative ideas that benefit people and societies. A browse through their areas of work and specific projects will turn up plenty on measuring the value of the arts.