University of Dundee -2021

2021 Report: Evaluation of Big Noise Douglas

Taking part in Big Noise Douglas helps children and young people be more confident and focused, according to a new study by the University of Dundee. The research shows that participating in Big Noise Douglas enables children and young people to develop their self-esteem, emotional intelligence and determination.


A team of academics from the University of Dundee, led by Professor Divya Jindal-Snape, evaluated the first three years of the Big Noise programme in Douglas. They found that Big Noise has a very positive impact on children, families and the local community, and recommend that the programme should continue as the children reach secondary school age.


To read more about the key findings in the full report, click on the PDF icon on the right.

The study also found that Big Noise Douglas, which opened in 2017, has played a special role during the Covid-19 pandemic. Big Noise Douglas staff were creative, adaptable, and resilient and helped to ensure participation in Big Noise despite ongoing restrictions. Additionally, Big Noise Douglas helped to create community spirit and cohesion.

Researchers at the University of Dundee collected data from the children and young people who take part in Big Noise Douglas. Parents, school professionals, and Big Noise Douglas staff also contributed. The researchers used data collection methods including observation, visual methods, interviews, focus groups and online questionnaires. The report focuses on the in-school (P1-3) and after-school (P3-6) Big Noise programme strands for children who attend Claypotts Castle and St Pius Primary Schools in the local community. The Baby Noise classes for infants and toddlers were also evaluated.


Image from comics used by the University of Dundee research team

Image credit - Rebecca Horner

The Big Noise Douglas evaluation report was led by Professor Divya Jindal-Snape in the School of Education and Social Work at the University of Dundee. Her research team consisted of Dr Derya Asi, Dr Anna Robb, Dr Alexia Barrable, Professor Christopher Murray, Eilidh Ross and Hailey Austin. The new report builds on the work by the Glasgow Centre for Population Health (GCPH). The GCPH found that there are seven main areas of a child’s life that can be positively affected by attending Big Noise. These are: educational, life skills, emotional, social, musical, physical and protection.


2022 Case Studies: Research Scotland


In late 2021, following the easing of many COVID restrictions, Research Scotland compiled a number of case studies from families involved with Big Noise Douglas. The purpose of the case studies was to provide feedback about participation in Big Noise from a family perspective. Most participants in the evaluation said that BND had an impact on parents’ involvement in their child’s development. The case studies are an illustration of this engagement.

The case studies found that Big Noise Douglas was creating community spirit and cohesiveness, with a sense of ownership and pride in children’s achievements. As well as giving children opportunities to express themselves, learn new skills in a fun and safe environment, creativity, enjoyment, access to resources and the positive relationships with staff.


Additional case studies by Research Scotland in Big Noise Raploch illustrate the impact of participation on post-school destinations for young people who have engaged with Big Noise for a number of years, and in particular the value and impact of increased confidence on participants’ life chances. These are impacts we would anticipate will be available to participants in Big Noise Douglas as they continue to benefit from and grow in the programme.

To read all six case studies in full, click on the PDF icon on the right. pdf.png 


Sistema Scotland delivers Big Noise Douglas in partnership with Optimistic Sound and Dundee City Council, supported by Strategic Partner Gannochy Trust, the Scottish Government and a range of other trusts, foundations, and individuals, including players of People's Postcode Lottery.






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