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REACH Regional Evaluation: Final Report (Aug 2010)

The Reach Initiative encouraged arts organisations and health providers to work together and aimed to tackle health inequalities in local communities by giving people opportunities to be creative, increase self-esteem and improve communication skills, mental wellbeing and confidence.

Four regional partnership projects were evaluated by a team from Transform Research Consultancy.

The REACH initiative was designed as a new means of improving the health and wellbeing of individuals through participation in structured creative activities. It involved four projects with multiple partners and a wide range of health and arts outcomes. This report presents the findings from the regional evaluation of REACH, assessing its success as a partnership model for delivering arts and health projects.

The regional evaluation took a qualitative approach, assessing partners’ views, appraising the four local project evaluations and an artists’ evaluation, to identify the overarching lessons for future such initiatives. Some partners were enthused: “It was a very positive and valuable experience” (Arts Partner) and “It has been an absolute pleasure working on this” (Health Partner). Others were less affirmative, raising concerns about the lasting impact of projects and value for money.

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