Repositioning Music Therapy Service Evaluation

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Wed, 22/3/2017

Our Latest Published Research Study

It's always really important for organisations like charities to get feedback from the people they work with about how they see the services. At Nordoff Robbins we do this, in part, through service evaluation projects. This helps us to know how each music therapy service is seen, and lets us know the areas of impact. We also collect service evaluation projects to help us learn about the areas of impact that all the evaluated services are seen to have across the board. This is all really important to help us develop music therapy services that make the most difference.

Plus service evaluations can sometimes contain information that is left hidden from view in other publications. This information can be helpful in to see more about the understanding of music therapy more generally.

With all this in mind, the Nordoff Robbins Research Team carried out a newly published research project, analysing service evaluations of Nordoff Robbins music therapy in five neuro-rehabilitation settings.

The study focussed on the perceived impact of music therapy not only on the clients taking part themselves, but also on those around them and their setting. We took a look at how the context-sensitive nature of these evaluations can help to find areas of impact that can feed back into practice itself, as well as giving some ideas for future research questions. 

There are lots of ways that these service evaluations can be carried out and this project was part of long-term work that has led to the current service evaluation system at Nordoff Robbins. This system focuses on people’s perceptions in relation to a set of areas of impact that music therapy services may have on clients, the people around them and the setting within which they are located.

You can read the full research project here.

Full reference: Tsiris, G., Spiro, N. & Pavlicevic, M. (2017) Repositioning music therapy service evaluation: a case of five Nordoff-Robbins music therapy service evaluations in neuro-rehabilitation. Nordic Journal of Music Therapy. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/08098131.2016.1273966