Research and policy BRIEFING
In the policy brief of COOL Music project, we present evidence and policy considerations about the outcomes, mechanisms and context of the Community Orientated and Opportunity Learning (COOL Music). The main findings of the evaluation of COOL Music are:
Young people involved in the project learnt how to work collaboratively in a team and, through song-writing, express their emotions in a creative and productive way. A sense of accomplishment and increased self-confidence among participants derived through selecting, developing and finalising their own music-projects;
The creative, non-judgmental and safe environment offered by COOL Music had a positive impact on young people’s feeling of protection and supported them in building good relations with peers, tutors and wider communities;
The nature of the programme (personally tailored and responsive towards specific needs of the target group) proved to be successful in engaging disadvantaged young people form deprived areas.
Building upon these findings the most relevant policy implications are:
bottom-up and organic COOL Music-type interventions can be effective in addressing challenges associated with ‘hard to reach’ young people, helping them to engage with productive activities and increase their self-esteem through group participation;
to address gaps in current service provision, tackle social inequalities and meet needs of disadvantaged hard-to-reach people from deprived areas, the government should draw on the expertise and knowledge of less formal, more flexible and participant-led community organisations;
If you want to know more about our policy brief it’s available to view online HERE.