We are carrying out a systematic review to find out whether interventions designed to improve community places and spaces are effective in improving social relationships and community wellbeing. We are particularly interested in any effects (positive or negative) on inequalities, and any differences in effects across different settings and population groups.
The review team will be doing a careful search for published material, but would also like to include ‘grey’ literature – such as evaluations that have yet to be published, or reports and evaluations produced by charities, government departments, or community groups.
How can you get involved?
If you are aware of an evaluation of an intervention designed to improve community places and spaces, with the aim of improving social relations or wellbeing, you can submit it to our systematic review and help us build an evidence base for community infrastructure interventions.
We are particularly seeking evidence that meets the following criteria:
- Evaluation studies with assessments of social relations or wellbeing taken before and after the intervention – this is to allow us to determine whether the intervention was associated with any changes in wellbeing.
- Evidence that includes comparison groups that were not exposed to the intervention is particularly welcome.
- Evaluations of interventions designed for populations at risk of inequalities
- Qualitative (e.g. interviews) and quantitative (i.e. figures-based) evidence is welcome.
All examples must be written in English and include an author and date. We can only include evidence which can be made publicly available. If the work was done outside the UK, it would be helpful if you could tell us something about how relevant you think the findings are likely to be to the UK setting.
Please send your submissions electronically to us at firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line ‘Evidence: Wellbeing and Community Infrastructure”
Submission deadline: 9 August 2017.
The protocol is on PROSPERO
During the election period we’re not publishing any new evidence, but we’ll still have a great line up of blogs, case studies and some useful resources to make sure you get your wellbeing evidence into practice fix.
If you haven’t already downloaded it and posted it up on your office noticeboard (or whatever hi-tech equivalent you’re using), here’s our handy one-page factsheet on the latest evidence for wellbeing benefits at work.
And once that’s whetted your appetite, you can dip into our briefings on learning in the workplace and designing a good quality job.
Resilience in hospices and mental health in the media
It’s Mental Health Awareness Week, and we’re sharing two case studies that link with this year’s theme of surviving and thriving. Hospice UK give us an insight into a programme to improve staff wellbeing in an emotionally demanding environment. Meanwhile, Mind’s peer education for professionals is a look an an ambitious project that successfully challenged mental health stigma by training journalists.
Share your evaluations
We’ve currently got two calls for evidence live:
We will be putting out more calls throughout the year, and you can follow us on Twitter @whatworksWB for updates when these come out.
You can find all of our evidence, research and guidance on the following themes:
After 8 June, here’s just a taster of what you can expect:
- new evidence reviews on dance and sport and adult learning
- guidance for community organisations on measuring personal wellbeing
- a one-stop set of wellbeing indicators for local authorities
- a round up of the evidence on green space and wellbeing
- a discussion paper on community wellbeing.
What is the relationship between wellbeing and transitions into – and out of – work? Are workers with lower wellbeing more likely to become unemployed, or move into long-term sick-leave, care or early retirement?
Similarly, if you have higher levels of wellbeing, are you more likely to move from worklessness into employment? By worklessness, we mean not being in regular employment or education/training, because of unemployment, retirement, disability and, family care.