Presenting at Trent Paediatric Society conference 17 Sept

Next week, on Tuesday 17 September, I am presenting some evaluation data at the Trent Paediatric Society conference in Mansfield. The data come from the evaluation study that I have been working on this year, investigating the effects of OPUS Music activities in children’s hospitals in the East Midlands area.

It will be an excellent opportunity to present the findings in front of paediatric specialists and consultants, many of whom may not be aware of the effects of music on children in healthcare settings. The OPUS musicians will also be there to play during the lunch break.

Screen shot 2013-09-14 at 15.34.07It is clear from the data so far that the overall impact is both effective and beneficial, for children, parents/carers and staff, with quantitative and qualitative data supporting this. I am in the final stages of writing up the evaluation report, and will share some more data once that’s done.

/anneli

2 thoughts on “Presenting at Trent Paediatric Society conference 17 Sept

  1. This is really interesting to me, as I’m currently halfway through a project playing the harp in a Neonatal unit in the UK and have great respect for what Opus is doing. There is a perceived need for “numbers” when looking at the benefit of music, even when anecdotal / experiential evidence is available, so I’m interested in that, and in the “So what…” of any conclusions you get to in the conference – such as “so what do we do with this, how do we make it happen more”, and, most importantly, what data do we actually need to persude healthcare institutions of the value of music. I’m intrigued by your title “Does it help?” as opposed to “How does it help?” and wonder why you chose those particular words. Is the helpfulness being questioned? I would have thought it’s more a case that the helpfulness is context-sensitive.

    1. Hello Mark, and thank you for your comments and reflections. Your project sounds very interesting too! In terms of the helpfulness, the wording of that particular phrase was actually not my choice. This was suggested by a paediatric specialist in the process of submitting the abstract, which I accepted. I think for the particular audience at the conference, perhaps the helpfulness may be questioned by some, whom are not familiar with these activities from before. Actually, some evaluation data I have from hospital staff describes an initial scepticism towards the musicians, but after seeing and experiencing their work, the scepticism was transformed to great enthusiasm and support. In terms of the need for numbers, I also agree. There is a need in all areas of evaluation of music project to demonstrate the impact of music in quantitative, powerful (cost saving) terms. I personally think is not always possible, or even desirable, to always quantify everything in pounds, but there is a balance to be struck where art project evaluators/performers/organisers still need to speak the language of the funders. And I think it is difficult to rely on healthcare institutions as being the main funders for these types of projects. But it is hugely important to demonstrate impact/effect in a reliable, scientific way. Which can be done both quantitatively and qualitatively (ideally both!), in my opinion. It’s a tricky one indeed! Feel free to email me on anneliberonius (at) hotmail.com if you want to discuss more. Thanks/anneli

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