- Conducting three doctoral theses and five master's theses (from 2011 to 2013) evaluating the work of Clown Doctors (CD) and their impact on (i) children, (ii) relatives, (iii) health professionals. Some of the areas of knowledge involved: Psychology, Arts, Medicine, Sociology, Business Administration;
- Conducting International Seminar (2nd semester of 2013) bringing together different actors in this field (clown associations, academics / researchers, health professionals, managers);
- Public presentation (in national and international congresses, in the media) about the results of the studies;
- Publications of main evidence collected over the three years of the Project in scientific journals;
- Construction and validation of a "methodological kit" to make available to other researchers and other Clown Hospital groups.
- Promotion of the main findings within the ONV, also their practices to improve and maximize their potential to act;
- Publication and dissemination of the Proceedings of the International Seminar (in 2013);
- Establishing partnerships - local and international - with other researchers in the area, in close collaboration with Clown Doctors Association;
- Publication and dissemination of the "methodological kit";
- Increased funding for ONV and similar associations;
Creation of synergies between academia, the Health Sector, Businesses and Civil Society;
- Erection of a more extensive body of knowledge about the Clown Doctor identity enabling - through training devices - continuous improvement of these professionals;
- Long term: transfer and adapt knowledge and tools built in the specific context of Health for other social settings where the potential for intervention by the clown may be of service to other target groups (eg elderly, prisoners, youth at risk, etc.).
What will it take for your project to be successful over the next three years? Please address each year separately, if possible.
The feasibility of this project depends on:
- Funding for three years, the fees of two doctoral theses - about $ 6,000 / year;
- Funding for three years, the research grant for a PhD student (approximately $ 12,000 / year)
- Close partnership between the ONV, University of Minho, Braga Hospital towards the feasibility of different studies. Contributions / responsibilities of each partner:
- ONV - Marketing Project with the media, access to its team of professionals (the observation of their practices, training, collecting data on their perceptions about the work in the hospital) and collection of funds in order to finance the project (eg. fees from two doctoral theses, acquisition of books, travel researchers for data collection, training and participation in national and international conferences, purchase of management and analysis softwares, supplies, purchase of assessment tools);
- Hospital de Braga (sample access, availability of human and physical resources for data collection and analysis: rooms for conducting interviews and collecting questionnaires, scientific advice for the collection and interpretation of some of the biometric indicators to be used, providing health professionals to collect data)
- University of Minho - Provision of physical resources, human and material (eg. meeting spaces in the research group, assignment of spaces and facilities for holding the international seminar, support in the handling of any technological tool associated with the collection and processing of data and communication between the different elements of the research group), the scientific advice level of research methodology and data analysis; orientation of doctoral dissertations and master's degree.
What would prevent your project from being a success?
The success of the project is largely dependent on the partnership between the ONV, University of Minho (UM) and Hospital de Braga (HB). The failure by either partner could compromise its viability. Obstacles / threats identified:
ONV - not attracting sufficient funding to support the expenditure-based Project which could endanger the start-up, maintenance and / or completion of some studies (eg. insufficient funds to pay for tuition doctoral theses or running costs of the Project). Difficult access to ONV professionals (insufficient observation of their practices, not sharing the same perceptions, processes, trainings and reflections).
HB - Difficult access to populations as a sample to be taken: health professionals and users of Pediatric Services (children, adolescents and their families). This access may be prohibited by the institution and its actors (eg. administration, physicians, nurses and / or nursing assistants) who could not provide data more directly related to their practices (eg. occupational stress, perceptions of impact, financial data) or not cooperate in the collection of data and / or the viability of the conditions of access to other targets of the studies (eg. space available, distributing questionnaires, collecting biometric data, access to the wards).