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date: 07 December 2019

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In the last decade well-being has become a central theme in political and public discussions; it has also filtered into professional dialogue pertaining to the methods and practice of heritage. This chapter examines how heritage practice can support political agendas and positively impact on individual and community well-being. This chapter outlines a humanistic approach to heritage practice, applying public health perspectives to enable the use of heritage as a tool for social change. It provides an evaluation strategy for heritage projects, a toolkit to demonstrate the impact of heritage on well-being and on wider government policy and practice. The suggestions here offer internationally applicable guidelines and strategies for future best practice for heritage projects. They highlight that, at this critical juncture in well-being policy and practice, it is essential that the heritage sector quantitatively and qualitatively proves its value and changes its practices to support this global societal goal.

Keywords: well-being, heritage, best practice, evaluation toolkit, self perception, community heritage

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