May 2017

Building community wellbeing: a theory of change

Building community wellbeing: a theory of change
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This slide set builds on the Community Wellbeing Evidence Programme theory of change model. This model is based on research, public dialogues and workshops with a range of communities and organisations.

This Theory of Change describes ways in which community wellbeing can be built. It represents some of the possible pathways for improving community wellbeing and by doing so it simplifies some very complex issues and relationships.

It should help to understand how and why interventions might work, what will happen in the short term and how long term change in communities can occur.

This resource provides an accessible summary as an introduction to our Theory of Change. It will be used to inform how our researchers collect and interpret evidence during the three year project.

As the evidence programme develops we will refine the Theory of Change to represent our growing understanding of what works for community wellbeing.

The development of this Theory of Change was informed by some stakeholder engagement activities held across the UK between June and September 2015. This is summarised in a ‘Voice of the Users’ report.

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