RSF: Well-being outcomes


The Research Support Funding scheme supported 13 short (six-month) projects that complemented and extended the Centre’s research themes: Transforming Institutions, Transforming Engagement, Transforming Health across the life course and Transforming Relations.


Generating evidence of well-being outcomes from community engagement and social infrastructures

Workshop date: 24th September 2019 

The background

A group of community representatives in rural southern Zambia shared how they felt hopeless and isolated: maternal and infant mortality are high; nutrition and health access are poor. Engagement with external facilitators and an international network of collaborative communities stimulated local connections and the formation of a collaborative local ‘Cluster’ that leveraged collective strengths to improve well-being. This cluster has improved health access, sanitation and maternal health. There has been a shift of mindset and a ripple effect that has led to new clusters.

This project is looking at how community engagement and action (in the UK and internationally) can improve health and well-being, by sharing testimonies and co-creating, with communities, academics and practitioners, ways to measure health and well-being.

The aim 

We are holding a workshop to bring a handful of practitioners and academics together to look at approaches to, and measures of, community-led improvements in health and wellbeing. Think about what future work is needed to strengthen and measure these approaches.

A few of the organisations who will be represented on the day: 

Some of the questions we’re asking:

  • How might donors and policymakers better support complex and subjective community-led change?
  • Community-led improvements in health and wellbeing: anecdotes, barriers, enablers
  • What methods can we use to measure community-led improvements in health and wellbeing?
  • How might donors, policymakers and others understand and pay attention to the different kinds of subjective evidence? (e.g. evaluative, experience, eudemonic).
  • What might be possible if community-led change approaches were adopted in other fields (beyond health and development)?

 

Project Partners

Elizabeth Wainwright
The Arukah Network

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