Project Oracle Synthesis Study: “Arts-based Projects for Children and Young People” examined 18 examples of arts projects and arts-based practice in London. The study reviews the evidence of arts-based projects by exploring the link between arts activities, the outcomes that they achieve and the lessons to be learned from their approaches to evaluation and evidence-based practice. The objective of the study is to have a better understanding of how arts-based interventions and activities are beneficial, in which contexts and why.
Accordingly, the study outlines a wide variety of evidence and evaluation approaches used to communicate the value of arts-based projects and its impact on disadvantaged young people. The study describes how to bring together soft and hard outcome data, give participants a voice in evaluation and develop innovative ways of explaining how and why change occurs during projects with young people.