The Researchers in Residence: Arts’ Civic Impact initiative is conducting digital ethnographic research to build knowledge for flexible and responsive impact evaluation, including the identification of impact indicators and measurement frameworks of use to the arts sector. The term impact evaluation refers to what is assessed and counted as “success” for an organization or sector. The project is co-led by Robin Sokoloski at Mass Culture and CDMI Co-lead, Mary Elizabeth Luka at UTSC, with this bibliography as one of several open access contributions. The initiative is funded by Mitacs and by a collaboration between Mass Culture, the Canada Council for the Arts, the Culture Statistics Working Group (Federal-Provincial-Territorial Culture and Heritage Table), the Ontario Trillium Foundation, and Toronto Arts Foundation, and six universities (McGill, Emily Carr’s Aboriginal Gathering Place, Winnipeg, Dalhousie & Carleton as well as UTSC). When completed, this national research model, including the qualitative impact frameworks developed during the research, will be publicly shared.
This Health and Wellbeing particular bibliography was developed by graduate student researcher Aaron Richmond with input from the Artifex resource repository, U of T PhD student Cate Alexander, and research co-leads Luka and Sokoloski. Richmond’s research examines the contributions of the arts sector to the promotion of mental health and subjective wellbeing in the aftermath of the global pandemic. While early quantitative research has drawn correlations between cultural engagement and health, more qualitative research into accessibility, inclusiveness, mental health, and well-being is necessary. Furthermore, questions about mental health and well-being take on new relevance in the aftermath of the COVID 19 pandemic.