‘It’s a whole cultural shift’: understanding learning in cultural commissioning from a qualitative process evaluation

Liz Ellis, Diane Crone, Hazel Bryan, Matthew Pearce, Jules Ford

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This qualitative process evaluation investigated learning from stakeholders (patient representatives, art managers/artists, clinicians
and commissioners) involved in a co-produced cultural commissioning grant scheme. The scheme was devised as a mechanism to
foster learning between, and within, stakeholder groups and to embed co-production in decision-making in clinical commissioning.
The evaluation included respondents (n = 36) from four stakeholder groups in three sequential stages. Findings identified themes centred on outcomes, learning, co-production, and cultural and political change, specifically that stakeholder roles need to be clearly defined and understood and that co-production takes a significant time commitment. Co-production in innovative projects is both complex and challenging. However, despite this, involving stakeholders has benefits for service design and the clinical commissioning process.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-20
Number of pages20
Issue number1
Early online date6 Sep 2019
Publication statusPublished - 6 Sep 2019



  • Co-production
  • commissioning
  • arts
  • health
  • Qualitative methods

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