Measuring Impact of creative expression activities for pediatric patients (Art/Music)

Session Number: 2911
Track: Arts, Culture, and Audiences
Session Type: Birds of a Feather Gathering
Tags: arts and culture, arts integration, child and youth care, Child Wellbeing, children's health, disabilities and other vulnerable popula, evidence, evidence synthesis, health care, Impact, psychometrics, Quality, Quality of Life, research
Session Facilitator: Dale Miller Hill [Senior Consultant - Independent]
First Author or Discussion Group Leader: Amy R. Sokal [Executive Director - ArtWorks, The Naomi Cohain Foundation]
Third Author or Discussion Group Leader: Ria Hawks, non-member guest [Member, Advisory Board, ArtWorks Naomi Cohain Foundation - ArtWorks Naomi Cohain Foundation ]
Time: Nov 09, 2017 (12:15 PM - 01:15 PM)
Room: Table 1

Theme: Learning What Works and Why
Audience Level: All Audiences

Session Abstract (150 words): 

I as evaluator and the manager of a non-profit funding art and music activities for kids in hospitals want to exchange information on impact measurement of such activities. We have done a literature search, aided by medical experts, but may have missed some sources in this inherently multidisciplinary area. We can also  offer new guidelines on evaluating the quality of evidence, and our analysis of attribution/contribution issues. The non-profit sponsors: art supplies; artists/musicians in residence (e.g. beat boxing, claymation, graffiti art) and events to celebrate patients’ creations. Contributions are distinct from but dependent on child life specialists’ (CLSs’) and art/music therapists’ work. Of interest is impact on the patients, families, staff, hospitals’ popularity and funding, and community. Impact studies of other populations in other settings may also be transferable. The challenge is to shed light on key ingredients of the most successful programs of this type.