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The creative turn in evidence for public health: community and arts-based methodologies

Byrne, Eleanor, Elliott, Eva ORCID:, Saftus, R. and Angharad, J. 2017. The creative turn in evidence for public health: community and arts-based methodologies. Journal of Public Health 40 (S1) , i24-i30.

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Background We propose that arts based methodologies can be of value in the production and exchange of evidence in supporting public health related policy. This article reports on a collaborative piece of work resulting from two projects which took place in a former coal mining town in South Wales. Methods We used a participatory framework whereby researchers, community members and artists co-produced ‘evidence’ through the creative arts to inform public policy. We collected a range of data using a number of different techniques, including interviews, focus groups and observation, but also included an extensive range of creative activities. Results The data provided a diverse range of perspectives on how people of different ages live their lives. The People’s Platform was a performance-based debate which was the culmination of the collaboration. The show involved a series of short performances with time for facilitated discussion in-between. It was felt that the show facilitated knowledge exchange on health and wellbeing issues that are usually difficult to express and understand through traditional forms of evidence. Conclusion Whilst arts-based approaches are not free from risk, they offer an alternative form of knowledge as a necessary complement to the range of data available to policy makers.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Wales Institute of Social & Economic Research, Data & Methods (WISERD)
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISSN: 1741-3842
Funders: AHRC
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 17 August 2017
Date of Acceptance: 3 August 2017
Last Modified: 07 Nov 2023 05:45

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