Research and evaluation

An ever-growing body of evidence is helping to describe and demonstrate the benefits of creativity and culture on communities and individuals' health and wellbeing.

Many of us who work in this area also want to evaluate and research our own work. This page is to help you find what's already out there, and understand how you can add to the evidence.

I want to find research and evaluation of other projects...

Scroll down to access two resources managed by our partners, which look at peer-reviewed evidence and evaluation. Other key research summaries include:

Evidence can take many other forms. Please refer to our Case Studies and to 70 Stories for other ways of telling the story of culture, health and wellbeing.

MARCH/RSPH Research Corner

Peer-reviewed research: The MARCH Research Corner is updated monthly in partnership between the Royal Society for Public Health's Special Interest Group for Arts, Health and Wellbeing, and the MARCH Network. (Please note this is a link to an external site.)

Repository for Arts & Health Resources

Evaluation: The Repository for Arts & Health Resources focuses on evaluations, often commissioned by the organisations running the projects and written by external partners like universities. (Please note this is a link to an external site.)

I want to get involved with research, or evaluate my work...

There are many different ways you can assess the impacts of your work. If you want to get involved in a formal research study, we suggest contacting your local university to form a partnership. If you are more interested in evaluating the impact of your work please see some of the possibilities below.

Measuring your impact on wellbeing

The What Works Centre for Wellbeing has produced a helpful guide to measuring your impact on wellbeing.


The Warwick-Edinburgh Mental Wellbeing Scale was developed to enable the monitoring of mental wellbeing in the general population and the evaluation of projects, programmes and policies which aim to improve mental wellbeing.

UCL Museum Wellbeing Measures

Prototypes were trialled and developed with museums and galleries across the UK for their in-house and outreach activities with 250 participants over 12 months prior to production of the finished UCL Museum Wellbeing Measures Toolkit. The booklet version of the Toolkit contains additional information about the background to the study, the research and advice on how to analyse the data.

Measuring your impact on loneliness

If you work in a charity or social enterprise and want to understand if your activities help people feel less lonely, then this guide from the What Works Centre for Wellbeing is for you.