Research Participation Opportunities
To advertise for research participants, please fill in the Healthier Dancer Programme_research opportunities form. Email completed forms to [email protected]
There is a growing body of dance medicine and science-focused research that aims to improve our understanding of what it takes to produce healthy, high performing dancers. Remember that research cannot happen without participants, so as dancers, teachers, choreographers, and those actively working within the dance industry you have a very valuable role to play within the scientific research process.
Organisations such as The International Association for Dance Medicine and Science (IADMS) promote research excellence within the dance medicine and science community as well as producing resources to disseminate research recommendations within the wider dance community.
We know that many professional dance companies and vocational dance schools are frequently approached by researchers, undergraduate as well as postgraduate, to take part in their projects. In order to help prevent these dancers suffering from ‘research fatigue’, while encouraging participation in research, we have produced a checklist (below) for schools and companies to help you decide on the quality of research opportunities presented to you and prioritise those you take part in. These points could also apply to individuals in deciding whether to participate in research or not.
Research participation checklist:
- Is the research at postgraduate level, with the intention for it to be published?
- Is the research applied research that will have a practical bearing on dancers’ health, wellbeing, performance capabilities or education, on an individual level, organisational level or for the dance world at large?
- Is the researcher planning to or have they sought input from dance professionals in choosing what to research and/or designing the research?
- Is the researcher offering to provide feedback during and/or following the research that will be useful to the dancers and their work/training?
- Have you or the researcher sought advice from One Dance UK’s HDP to ensure that this research project complements or adds to the research knowledge base and is not unnecessarily duplicating work already done?
If you can answer yes to these points it is likely to be worth your while taking part in a research project that may benefit dancers, company and the dance world at large.
Listed below are research projects being conducted by One Dance UK members, which are currently seeking participants. If you are interested in taking part please do get in touch with the researchers directly or if you have any questions or concerns contact the Healthier Dancer Programme: [email protected].
The Federation of Scottish Theatre (FST) has launched State of Play, a national research study profiling the Performing Arts sector in Scotland. Results of the study will give FST and wider cultural policy-makers and planners crucial information on the health of the performing arts that will inform future actions, priorities and critical advocacy.
FST is calling on everyone who works and volunteers in the professional Performing Arts in Scotland to play a part in the research and help inform the change needed for the sector’s future viability.
Start date of the project: 04/08/2021
End Date of the project: 31/08/2021
Online survey – survey takes about 15 mins to complete – https://bit.ly/StateOfPlaySurvey
Confidentiality and ethical approval:
The State of Play survey is being undertaken on behalf of FST by 56 Degree Insight, an independent market research agency based in Edinburgh. 56 Degree Insight work for clients across a wide range in different areas and have a great deal of experience working with organisations in the arts and culture sector, helping them to better understand audiences, participation trends and to inform future strategy.
Anyone who lives and works in Scotland and is involved in the Professional Performing Arts sector (employed or volunteer).
People who don’t live in Scotland.
Benefits to the participant:
Results of the study will give FST and wider cultural policy-makers and planners crucial information on the health of the performing arts that will inform future actions, priorities and critical advocacy. This is a chance for the Scottish Performing Arts sector workforce to play a role in shaping the future of their sector.
Name: Helen Eragona
Email: [email protected]