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April 2024

Synthesising Spirit of 2012 project case studies

Synthesising Spirit of 2012 project case studies
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The quick read

We looked at case studies from ten Spirit of 2012 funded projects to find ‘how’ and ‘why’ creative activities can improve wellbeing.

We found:

  • All projects reported improvements in wellbeing, but many had challenges in using quantitative measures.
  • The projects reported positive mood and emotions, increased confidence and self-esteem, and reduced loneliness among other outcomes.
  • There were eight creative pathways to wellbeing – the combination of contexts and mechanisms that made a difference.
  • The case studies contained ‘thick’ description and practice expertise which provided new insights into existing evidence on creativity and wellbeing.
  • The synthesis approach is a valuable method to draw together learnings from practice which would otherwise be hidden. This requires comparable, structured and rich case study data.
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What we did


What makes a good project case study?

Measuring wellbeing

The effect of Covid-19

Creative pathways to wellbeing



Using case study synthesis to learn from practice

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