Over twenty years of scientific and academic research emphasise the powerful effects of personally meaningful music to help anyone who is affected by dementia, their families and carers. Playlist for Life has conducted several small-scale evaluations within the NHS to see the benefits of personalised playlists in action. We have also worked with external research agencies to conduct independent evaluations of our work.
Social Value Lab Impact Evaluation of Playlist for Life Training
One of our key activities is delivering training to health and care professionals to embed music in dementia care and support.
We wanted to evaluate the effectiveness and impact of our training to ensure we are offering the best possible training and making the biggest possible impact. We engaged with an external research agency ‘Social Value Lab’ to conduct an in-depth evaluation.
Social Value Lab Impact Evaluation of Playlist for Life's National Lottery Community Fund project
Another of our key activities is delivering resources and support for community organisations to help them share the power of music in their community. We received funding from the National Lottery Community Fund for a 3 year project aimed at reaching more communities across the UK.
We wanted to evaluate the effectiveness of this work and how it impacts our future strategies. We engaged with external research agency ‘Social Value Lab’ to conduct an in-depth evaluation.
Research and evaluations
Practice of Playlist for Life is based upon the , which describes how correct use of playlists is proven to bring about reductions in (1) use of psychotropic medication (2) use of restraints (3) stress and distress (4) wandering. These four outcomes have all been observed in the evalutions within the NHS. You can review summaries of these studies below.