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Research and Evaluation

To develop and evaluate the impact of our programmes and practice, we work closely with academics, health professionals, partners and people with lived experience across Scotland and beyond.

Our research methods and reports are becoming increasingly significant with requests to present findings at international events, conferences and journals.

In 2020, we formed the SB Health Research Committee working with senior staff from Health Improvement Scotland (HIS), clinicians, people with lived experience and professionals from leading academic institutions. The committee promotes collaboration and brokers connections with health professionals and researchers working in clinical or social research, supporting Scottish Ballet to commission, design and disseminate its dance health research and encourage translation of research into practice.

With thanks to Baillie Gifford, Scottish Ballet’s Neurological Dance Health partner for their continued support.

Multiple Sclerosis

  • Evaluation carried out on SB Elevate® programme in 2020 by Dr. Bethany Whiteside and Claire Ruckert.

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  • An independent systematic review on Dance for Multiple Sclerosis in 2023 by Emily Davis, Amy Webster, Dr. Bethany Whiteside and Professor Lorna Paul.

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  • Evaluation of Dance for Parkinson’s Scotland and the national expansion of the programme 2018 – 2021, carried out by Dr. Bethany Whiteside and Emma Smith.

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  • Evaluation carried out on the Time to Dance® programme in 2021 by Dr. Bethany Whiteside.

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  • Evaluation carried out on the Bedside Ballet (SB Duet®) programme by Emily Davis.

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Social Impact

Executive Summary of a report on the social impact of Scotland’s National Performing Companies by Culture Commons and The Audience Agency.

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