Culture and Wellbeing: a handbook for cultural organisations

Our three-year itinerary on culture and wellbeing documents that, if on the one side, there is a growing interest in this eld of investigation and a growing number of examples of a positive direct relationship between the two; on the other side, despite its vast amount, the body of evidence that has been produced over the last decades is still considered not enough. Our Handbook starts by discussing the reasons for collecting evidence of the relevance of cultural practice for wellbeing.

1• Looking for evidence

Reasons for collecting evidence
• Self-assessment and planning
• Advocacy
• Reporting to third parties

2•  A variable geometry

Project-generated impacts vs Continued activity impacts
Types of activity
Types of target groups

Planned vs side or unexpected impacts

3• Six focuses, in two stages
Places, needs, powers
Decisions, goals, plans

4• The case of Arts in Health

In this handbook, we present guidelines to orient cultural organisations in their process of investigation, assessment and evaluation of the impacts they expect to generate on wellbeing of relevant groups.

It is important to underline that we are not suggesting any particular format, but rather we point to a few key passages that could assist cultural organisations in creating the tool best suited for them.


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