Call for Expressions of Interest - Arts projects needed for Inspiring Futures Research

In order to build on our past and current work we are embarking on an ambitious research and delivery programme – Inspiring Futures, which aims to bring about a step-change in both the credibility and the reach of arts projects within the Criminal Justice System.

We are therefore currently looking for expressions of interest from suitable arts organisations to be involved in a large scale research and evaluation proposal that will find new ways to explore the impact of arts on offenders as well as the broader Criminal Justice System and the community. You can find out more about Inspiring Futures here.

This research and evaluation project aims to explore a co-ordinated programme of arts activity that helps further understand how and in what way arts interventions can contribute to improving offenders’ lives and behaviour, and benefit the wider community. Through this multifaceted research project and the delivery of innovative artistic collaborations we aim to bring about lasting change in criminal justice and arts policy, ensuring sustainable arts interventions for offenders.

Our intention is that these arts projects will test a range of hypotheses about how arts interventions might impact upon both individuals and society. An open approach from the creative partners to working alongside researchers is therefore essential – the project will be more of a success if the arts practitioners are, like us, passionate about demonstrating the impact their work can have. This large scale research project also seeks to work with a large sample size over a period of time (up to 18 months or longer), to enable significant qualitative and quantitative analysis, which may require using a control group. The research may explore the impact of arts and creativity in the criminal justice system on following themes:

Ø  Rehabilitation
Ø  Re-offending rates/paths to desistance
Ø  Through-the-gate services
Ø  Health and wellbeing
Ø  Education and learning outcomes
Ø  Artistic quality
Ø  Social and cultural capital
Ø  Prison and staff culture
Ø  Audiences
Ø  Public acceptance 

Click here to download the Expression of Interest information (PDF)
Click here to download the Application Form (Doc)

PLEASE NOTE: Funding for this project has not yet been secured. The Arts Alliance plans to indentify suitable partners and then lead on the funding applications for this multifaceted project.

Deadline: 5pm, 12th September 2014

Please read the accompanying document carefully and DO NOT apply if you are ineligible. The Arts Alliance has limited resources and will not be able to respond to expressions of interest that do not meet the criteria. Please note this is not currently a funding opportunity.