Smartline Wellbeing Evaluation

At CNC Craft, we have been working with the University of Exeter’s Smartline project, to understand if digital craft sessions can improve the wellbeing of participants. This research was overseen by Dr Andrew James Williams, a public health researcher at the University and undertaken by Aaron Moore, owner of CNC Craft.  A number of digital craft workshops were held with participants from the Inspiring Women’s Network, the Trelya Community Center and members on the Maker Space Community.

We designed a questionnaire to explore 6 key feelings, these were feeling; happy, hopeful, skillful, confident, healthy and included. Before and after the training session participants were asked to score their feelings out of five. The questionnaire scores were then compared and analyzed.

Analysis showed that the average scores for each of the six attributes increased following our training session, with feelings of skillfulness and confidence increasing most. While all the participants surveyed rated their enjoyment of the training as a 4 or 5 out of 5.

Before the CNC Craft training sessions, only 24% of participants rated their feeling of skilfulness as 4 or 5 out of 5, and only 35% rated their confidence at this level. These increased to 71% and 76% after the training session. While the percentage of participants rating their sense of hopefulness as a 4 or 5 out of 5 rose from 53% to 100%. The results also indicate that these training sessions are accessible for those who are more or less confident with computers.

The results give us a sense that the digital craft sessions run at CNC Craft do have a positive impact in participants lives. The three words which were used most commonly among participant comments were: ‘interesting’, ‘enjoyed’ and ‘fantastic’!

So, not only is making things locally good for the environment and the community it is also good for the soul.

A massive thank you to all those who took part.

The Smartline project is supported by the European Regional Development Fund

A model of the phone booth made by a Trelya participant

Clock face made by a member of the Inspiring Woman’s Network

A member of the Inspiring Woman’s Network working at the lasercutter

Clock face made by a member of the Inspiring Woman’s Network

Guitar picks and ear plugs 3D printed at a Maker Session

Parts for a solar cooker made at a  Maker Session

Donations box laser cut at a Maker Session

Catapolt shapes made at a Maker Session

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