Social prescribing data analysis: WELLCOMM

About Social prescribing data analysis: WELLCOMM

This project started in February 2020, and we will be sharing updates throughout 2020-21, so sign up to find out as this project progresses.

WELLCOMM is a two-year programme led by Dr Daisy Fancourt, UCL Behavioural Science and Health; along with Dr Karen Mak, UCL BSH; Dr Marie Polley, Social Prescribing Network; and the Centre.

The aim is to transform our understanding of the relationship between community engagement and wellbeing at a population level.

What do we know?

There is strong theoretical literature on why community engagement is crucial to how we survive and thrive and emerging data shows the benefits for wellbeing.

But there remains a paucity of high-quality, large-scale, and longitudinal research on which community activities affect our wellbeing, whether they be arts engagement, volunteering or sport and who is most likely to benefit.

What will we do?

Our project will analyse what the benefits of community engagement are for wellbeing, who benefits most, and how to encourage community engagement amongst different populations. By the end of the project, our objective is to have published new rigorous high impact research which will be of immediate relevance to policy makers, commissioners, investors and organisations.

The programme is funded by the Economic Social and Research Council (ESRC).

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