SIMM will also be involved in a three-year international comparative research project which is being set up in a close collaboration with the Guildhall School and partners in Belgium, Finland and Colombia, investigating the practitioners who work with diverse groups in society to achieve social as well as artistic results.  The research will be focusing on how they came into such work, what training they received for it, their motivations for doing the work, and their beliefs about its effectiveness, how they assess that, and how that impacts on the development of their practice.  At the core of the project will be a large number of intensive one-to-one interviews with practitioners (and also some employing organizations and funders of this type of work).