Our recently appointed Community Wellbeing evidence programme will bring together robust evidence of what works to create better policies and practices for communities and undertake a knowledge mobilisation function to get that evidence to those areas and organisations that can use it to best effect.
Spanning five universities, not for profit organisations and social enterprises, Community Wellbeing will focus on how the things that happen where we live determine our wellbeing. For example, how community wellbeing is affected by issues such as local social networks, having a say over what happens in our community, and local living conditions.
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Over the next three years, we will be bringing together evidence on what community-level factors determine wellbeing. The aim is to identify steps that government, both central and local, as well as community organisations, the private sector and others can take to improve wellbeing.
In the coming months we will be organising events and engaging with stakeholders in order to frame the scope of our research. We want to connect with a range of people both whose work could be supported by wellbeing evidence and whose work could create wellbeing evidence. We want to understand what kinds of questions stakeholders would like the evidence to help answer.
We are organising a series of workshops across the UK, aiming to build closer links between researchers and evidence-users. These workshops will be used to collaboratively shape the scope of our enquiry to ensure that we produce outputs which are usable, relevant and robust.