Community Success Stories
Since 2017, Creative Forces has invested in community-based arts engagement activities to advance our understanding of their benefits and impacts for military-connected populations who have been exposed to trauma. In 2019, we undertook an independent, external program evaluation of our Community Connections Demonstration Projects to assess our local and national impact and to inform future Creative Forces programming and the larger field of community-based arts programming for military-connected populations. This section highlights the key findings of the evaluation for participants, arts partners and communities, program implementation, and sustainability.
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The Creative Forces Community Connections Projects Study used a case study design, a cross-case analysis, and mixed-methods. Research questions guided the study and provided structure for the report. Data collection used a mixed-methods approach, incorporating qualitative and quantitative program-level and site-level data.
While there were commonalities across projects, each project was unique and presented a rich opportunity for Creative Forces to study community arts engagement programs for military-connected populations.
Local Community Engagement programs are intended to create a set of Participant Outcomes: engaging in and developing creative expression; improved social relationships; improved self-efficacy, well-being or quality of life; and sustaining these outcomes. Results are based on interviews and surveys with participants.
Outcomes for Arts Organizations and Communities
Community outcomes focus on creating cohesiveness and communication between military, civilian, and arts partners, and increasing understanding of the value of community engagement arts programs.
Outcomes for community arts partners include increased capacity to understand military culture and effectively implement and evaluate arts programs for military-connected participants; and to build partnerships and communicate across the military and civilian communities.
Program Implementation and Engagement Outcomes
View the data on Recommended Practices and Lessons Learned by our Community Connection Demonstration Projects. To learn how and why to incorporate Recommended Practices and Lessons Learned into your program, click the link below:
Sustaining our Community Engagement programs is a key aspect of sustaining our outcomes and quality of life for military-connected participants. View our data and lessons learned about sustaining these programs.