The Greater Cincinnati chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association conducted an evaluation of Memories in the Making using an observational instrument. One staff member observed and evaluated one participant for one 60-minute session, measuring objective and subjective indicators of each person’s affect (feeling or emotion) state and self-esteem. Observations were completed when six staff persons observed and evaluated 41 artist participants at the six sites. 105
Anne Basting and John Killick explore evaluation-related issues in The Arts and Dementia Care 106:
Measuring the success of arts projects is always difficult because the responses to art are of such a personal nature. With people with dementia, it is especially problematic because of the communication difficulties frequently encountered. We favor a multisided approach, involving all those concerned with the project, and even those whom it may only have touched indirectly. Evaluation could include any or all of the following:
In finding out from people with dementia themselves their reactions to an arts program, we need to bear in mind both the difficulties they may experience in accessing their memories of what has been provided, and those involving language and the formulation of answers to questions.
In order to stimulate recall, some or all of the following methods can be used:
Appendix 7: Evaluation Tools