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Research and Evaluations

To ensure that CAN’s projects are best-practice we appoint qualified researchers to evaluate our programs. View research articles and evaluations of our projects below.


‘SUMMARY REPORT FORECAST SOCIAL RETURN ON INVESTMENT ANALYSIS’ a report commissioned by Community Arts Network and produced by Resourceful Communities, January 2016.


‘Arts and Culture in Western Australian Local Government’: a report produced by CAN and the Chamber of Arts and Culture WA.

Quayle, A., Sonn, C., & Kasat, P. (2015). Community arts as public pedagogy: Disruptions into public memory through Aboriginal counter-storytelling. International Journal of Inclusive Education, 1-17. doi: 10.1080/13603116.2015.1047662

Sonn, C., Quayle, A.F., & Kasat, P. (2015). Picturing the Wheatbelt: Exploring and expressing place identity through photography. American Journal of Community Psychology, 55(1-2), 89-101. doi: 10.1007/s10464-014-9686-7


CAN WA‘s Managing Director Pilar Kasat’s article in the Griffith Review – Cultural Solutions #44 – Notes from the front edition ‘Tools for social transformation: ‘Making the personal creative and political’ PDF 111kb

CAN WA’s Managing Director Pilar Kasat’s Masters Thesis: ‘Community Arts and Cultural Development: A Powerful Tool for Social Transformation’ PDF 4.8mb

Sonn, C. C. & A. F. Quayle (2014). Community cultural development for social change: Developing critical praxis. Journal for Social Action in Counseling and Psychology 6(1), 16-35.


Spinning a yarn for community: Noongar women and CAN WA’s doll making project by Dave Palmer (published in Yarns of the Heart: Noongar Dolls catalogue) PDF 3.5MB

Quayle, A. F. & C. C. Sonn. (2013). Explicating race privilege: Examining symbolic barriers to Aboriginal and non-Indigenous partnership. Social Identities: Journal for the Study of Race, Nation and Culture, 19(5), 552-570.

Sonn, C. C. and A. F. Quayle (2013). Developing praxis: Mobilising critical race theory in community cultural development. Journal of Community & Applied Social Psychology, 23(5), 435-448. doi: 10.1002/casp.2145


Download Naked Practice: Outcomes of two community arts projects in regional Western Australia
PDF 799kb

Sonn, C. & A. Quayle (2012). Community psychology, critical theory and community development in Indigenous empowerment. In D. Bretherton and N. Balvin (Eds.), Peace Psychology in Australia (pp. 261-282). New York, NY: Springer. doi: 10.1007/978-1-4614-1403-2_15


Download Drawing out community empowerment through arts and culture report
PDF 3.2mb

Green, M. J. & C. C. Sonn (2008). Drawing out community empowerment through arts and cultural practice. Perth, WA, Community Arts Network, Western Australia.


Download Paving Pathways for Youth Inclusion: The Contribution of Community Cultural Development by Simone Ruane
PDF 872kb


Download Conceptualising Community Cultural DevelopmentThe Role of Cultural Planning in Community Change
PDF 145kb

Sonn, C. C.,Drew, N.M., & Kasat, P. (2002). Conceptualising community cultural development: The role of cultural planning in community change. Perth, WA, Community Arts Network, Western Australia.


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