Aesop PHE evaluation framework

This Framework is for health commissioners, third sector organisations, trainers, funders, practitioners, managers, arts organisations and others with an interest in the development and evaluation of arts for health and wellbeing programmes. You can download it here.

It was commissioned by Public Health England from Aesop and Professor Norma Daykin (University of Winchester and UWE, Bristol).

The arts are increasingly recognised as having the potential to support health and wellbeing. However, in order for arts to be included in commissioning of health and social care services, there needs to be robust evidence of their effectiveness, impacts and costs.

The document provides guidance on appropriate ways of documenting arts for health and wellbeing, whether through small scale project evaluations or large scale research studies. It suggests a standard framework for reporting of project activities that will strengthen understanding of what works in specific contexts and enable realistic assessment and appropriate comparisons to be made between programmes.