Evaluation Resources

BYP Group is the Social Impact Evaluation Partner for Creative Victoria’s Social Impact, Diversity and Inclusion Programs, 2018-2020. As part of this work, we will be creating and sharing on this website a range of workshop presentations, tools, templates and resources for anyone wanting to monitoring and evaluate their social impact. We encourage you to review, adapt and share these resources, and your insights about what works.

Click on the below links to find out more about how you can measure and evaluate the change your project has effected. We will keep adding more tools as we go.

For information on how to apply for the Evaluation Exchange, please visit Creative Victoria.

 The evidence-base for how the arts create social impact

There are hundreds of evaluation and research projects which have sought to establish the link between arts engagement and social impact, and a number of meta-literature reviews which have looked at the quality of the evidence. On this page we have summarised some of the key findings:

WHAT THE RESEARCH SHOWS

  • Certain types of regular, active arts participation have been shown to have positive benefits for older adults’ health and wellbeing.

  • Some types of arts activities lead to therapeutic outcomes and wellbeing for patients.

  • Social arts activities can have positive social development impacts in early childhood.

  • Some types of arts engagement have positive correlations with academic engagement and self-efficacy outcomes for school-age children.

  • Some people are motivated to engage in arts-related physical exercise where mainstream activities (e.g. going to the gym, team sports) do not have a motivating impact

Sometimes, arts activities can support social cohesion, prosocial behaviours and increased connection and empathy.

KEY SOURCES

We have gathered some of the key findings from the following sources and included these below: