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Doctoral Student Lunch Seminar: Applying theory and methodology in the 'real world': Discussing the practitioner-led development of a bespoke social media platform incorporating mixed-method evidence capture by a third sector arts organisation

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This talk discusses both the theory and practicalities behind the development of a social media platform designed to capture qualitative ‘digital story’ data of youth in challenging circumstances, their families and key workers alongside quantitative well-being scale data. This approach is informed methodologically by an MEd carried out at the Education Faculty in 2017, this work is currently ‘live’ and being carried out by Noise Solution, a social enterprise operating across the East of England. Theoretically informed by Self Determination Theory (Deci and Ryan) the organisations approach of ‘one to one’ music mentoring focuses on music technology and beat making supported by the digital capture and sharing of participants musicking sessions with their specific chosen audience. This approach encourages participant family and professional keyworkers to view and engage through commentary around individuals hosted digital stories. To gauge impact at a wider level, well-being data from a scale developed by the NHS and Warwick and Edinburgh Universities is collected and analysed within the platform across the population, providing nationally benchmarkable quantitative data comparison. Equal amounts of qualitative and quantitative data are collected as a part of the organisations process, rather than as an additional reflective analysis. The platform currently indicates high statistical significance in positively impacting on the well-being of participants (p.000078) whilst allowing us to collate the digital narrative of each and every participant.

Simon’s background is a mixture of 25 years combined experience of working with young people in challenging circumstances and an internationally touring musician, specialising in music technology. Founding Noise Solution in 2009, the organisation is a self-sustaining Social Enterprise using an innovative combination of one to one music mentoring, focussed on beat making, and a bespoke social media platform designed to engage family and professionals around participant’s successful musical journey. Simon’s work in this area is underpinned by a research Masters, undertaken at Cambridge University’s Faculty of Education in 2017.

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