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Helen Brooks, Penny Bee, and Anne Rogers

exploration of the facilitators and barriers to engagement with mental health services. BMC Psychiatry, 15:1. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12888-015-0590-y Brooks, H. L., Rushton, K., Walker S. and Rogers, A. (2016) Ontological security and connectivity provided by pets: A study in the self-management of the everyday lives of people diagnosed with a long-term mental health condition. BMC Psychiatry, 16, 409. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12888-016-1111-3 Grundy, A. C., Bee, P., Meade, O., Callaghan, P., Beatty, S., Olleveant, N. and Lovell K., (2016) Bringing meaning to user

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Clare Wilkinson and Emma Weitkamp

understanding of the effects of arts interventions is ontological; it is not research methods but the most effective “orientation” or “logic of enquiry”’; consequently, the crucial question that still needs answering is ‘what types of research approach are best suited to investigating the social effects of the arts?’ (Galloway 2009 : 126; original emphasis). Similarly, Belfiore and Bennett ( 2010 ) argue that there is a need to move beyond the ‘toolkit’ approach to arts evaluation and to question long-held assumptions about what the impacts of the arts might be, whether

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Clare Wilkinson and Emma Weitkamp

types of impact or to operate in research areas which are necessarily more basic or ‘blue sky’ in nature. Just as there is no ‘one size fits all’ for evaluation or epistemology, nor is there a ‘one size fits all’ in research terms; rather, there is a complex ecology of ontological positionings. As a research communicator it is important for you to be aware of broader trends and influences where evaluation and impact are concerned, not least because resources such as funders’ guidance and frameworks can be practically helpful. However, at the same time it is important

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