Creative and Credible

Creative and Credible was a knowledge exchange project funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) between September 2014 and August 2015.  It was led by Professor Norma Daykin (UWE Bristol) in collaboration with arts consultants, Willis Newson.

The project sought to develop the knowledge, skills and resources of the arts and health sector around evaluation. In particular, it explored the role of arts-based perspectives and methods, emphasising the value of creative approaches used within a robust framework.

This website is one of the legacies of the project. The content and resources you will find here were developed and identified through a critical review of current evaluation knowledge and practice, and through discussion and interview with members of a Stakeholder Reference Group (SRG) established for the project.

The Creative and Credible Project Team was: Norma Daykin (Principle Investigator, UWE), Jane Willis (Project Lead, Willis Newson), Dr Mel McCree (Senior Research Associate, UWE) and Dr Karen Gray (Willis Newson).

Willis Newson

Willis Newson is a leading UK arts consultancy specialising in creating environments that are inspiring, reassuring and patient-centred. It has particular expertise in arts and health evaluation, developed through a longstanding relationship with the University of the West of England. The Willis Newson approach to evaluation is rigorous, appropriate to the context and rooted in creative practice.

Stakeholder Reference Group

A group of public, private and third sector stakeholders with an interest in arts and health guided the project team on the Creative and Credible project. This Stakeholder Reference Group was involved in focus groups, workshop discussion, e-consultation and interviews. Some also gave presentations that are summarised in downloadable documents available on this website.  While the content on this website and the resources on it have been informed by discussion and advice from the group, responsibility for opinions contained here remains with the project team.

The Stakeholder Reference Group members are:

  • Paul Camic, Canterbury Christ Church University
  • Helen Chatterjee, University College London
  • Stephen Clift, Sidney de Haan Research Centre for Arts and Health
  • Alex Coulter, Arts and Health South West
  • Farrell Curran, Dorset County Council
  • Evan Dawson, Live Music Now
  • Nick Ewbank, Nick Ewbank Associates
  • Daisy Fancourt, Royal College of Music with Chelsea and Westminster NHS
  • Jules Ford, Gloucestershire NHS Clinical Commissioning Group with Create Gloucestershire
  • Lynn Froggett, University of Central Lancashire
  • Kate Gant, Creative Health CIC
  • Emma Gibbard, Bristol NHS Clinical Commissioning Group
  • Roz Hall, photographer and independent evaluator
  • Damian Hebron, London Arts in Health Forum
  • Jayne Howard, Arts for Health Cornwall
  • Tim Joss, AESOP
  • Tim Lloyd-Yeates, Alive!
  • Angus McLewin, Angus McLewin Associates, developer of Arts Alliance Evidence Library
  • Andrew Mowlah, Arts Council England
  • Mercedes Pavlicevic, Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy
  • Lucy Sharp, Artshape
  • Theo Stickley, Nottingham University
  • Linda Sumpter, Alive!
  • Kamina Walton, freelance photographer, artist and evaluator
  • Pippa Warin, Arts Council England South West Arts & Health Development Group