Sharing arts and health resources with practitioners, policy makers, academics and the community.
Disseminate is an action-based evaluation, research and publishing project focused on arts and health. It has been active for more than 10 years and has developed expertise in developing new frameworks for the evaluation of arts and health projects.
For the most part, Disseminate conducts practical evaluations of specific projects. This work provides evidence for the effectiveness of arts and health programs and frequently forms the basis of advocacy work. Evaluation activities further the development of frameworks and methods that enable a better understanding of the ways in which community-based arts program benefit individual wellbeing and community resilience.
The Disseminate digital platform is now a major national and international resources hub, publishing information on evaluation approaches and case studies. The platform also has a toolkit of evaluation resources for practitioners. Disseminate has completed evaluations of many of DADAA's programs, but also works more broadly with organisations around Western Australia. For more information on the Disseminate project, visit the Disseminate website.
Disseminate has completed major national research into arts employment for people with disability. (View the Art Works reports, either as Key Findings or as the Full Report available for download below). Disseminate also conducted national research into grants accessibility for artists with disability. (View the report, Tapping Into Talent, below). In early 2014, researchers will finalise a major evaluation of the successful HERE&NOW13 project that mapped process and measured impacts of the unique project.
Disseminate is also conducting a two-year evaluation of the statewide FIVE project, a pilot taking place in five regional communities in Western Australia and aimed at reducing stigma around mental health and building community resilience. Collective impacts will be made available after completion of the project in early 2015.
Disseminate has also completed work for Sensorium Theater, for the YMCA and other community-based organisations. See the recently published report on the evaluation of Sensorium's 'Oddysea' project below.