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Lights, camera, action:Translating research findings into policy and practice impacts with music, film and artwork

Mannay, Dawn ORCID:, Roberts, Louisa ORCID:, Staples, Eleanor and Ministry of Life, - 2019. Lights, camera, action:Translating research findings into policy and practice impacts with music, film and artwork. Mannay, D, Rees, A and Roberts, L, eds. Children and young people 'looked after'? Education, intervention and the everyday culture of care in Wales., Cardiff: University of Wales Press, pp. 210-224.

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There has been a growing emphasis on research impact, particularly in relation to the Research Excellence Framework (REF) in the United Kingdom. The REF (2011) defines impact as ‘any effect on, change or benefit to the economy, society, culture, public policy or services, health, the environment or quality of life, beyond academia’. In negotiating a demonstrable contribution to society (ESRC, 2017), researchers now need to consider alternative multimodal outputs that reflexively, ethically and creatively move beyond the academic article and standard report to communicate their findings. Accordingly, it is important that academics take ‘audience and archive as a starting point’ (Silver, 2016) and explore effective vehicles for dissemination, engagement and impact. Creating multimodal, accessible materials is particularly important when research recommendations can only be actualised by a diverse range of stakeholders, who may not engage with more traditional outputs. This is pertinent to research with children who are looked after and care leavers because, despite a plethora of research (Brodie, 2010; Berridge, 2012; Stein, 2012; Welbourne and Leeson, 2012; Sebba et al., 2015) and policy making (see the Children Act 1989, the Children Act 2004, the Children and Young Persons Act 2008, and the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014), many of the reported issues, barriers and inequalities have remained a pervasive feature of the care experience. This chapter discusses the ways in which findings from a study with care-experienced children, young people and young adults were translated into creative arts-based materials, including films, music videos and graphic art. The chapter questions the impact of purely written and verbal forms of dissemination and explores the impact of arts-based practice. This is followed by a discussion of how we worked collaboratively with the creative industries to articulate the messages from children and young people looked after; reflecting on the process and the impacts of the multimodal materials that were produced. The chapter argues that engaging diverse publics with research findings and recommendations necessitates a move beyond the academic article and report-based outputs.

Item Type: Book Section
Date Type: Publication
Status: In Press
Schools: Children’s Social Care Research and Development Centre (CASCADE)
Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
L Education > L Education (General)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Care, Children, Young People, Education, Wales
Publisher: University of Wales Press
Funders: Welsh Government
Last Modified: 18 Oct 2023 01:19

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