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Evaluating the effectiveness of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games HIA

Date: October 2014
Category: Report
Work programme: Civic participation
Author: Progressive and Dudleston Harkins Social Research Ltd

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Evidence indicates that no previous host nation has demonstrated a sustainable positive health impact as a result of a major sporting event and holding an event is not sufficient to ensure improved health. Recommendations are that a legacy plan has to be developed early in the planning process. 

A Health Impact Assessment (HIA) was conducted in 2008 following Glasgow’s successful bid to host the 2014 Games, and made recommendations for partners (e.g. Scottish Government and the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games Organising Committee) to consider implementation that would enhance the potential positive impacts and help to mitigate the potential negative impacts of the Games. 

This report is the product of research conducted by Progressive and Dudleston Harkins Social Research Ltd assessing the effectiveness of a Health Impact Assessment (HIA) conducted to inform the legacy strategy of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.  

The research examined whether the recommendations from the HIA were incorporated into policy and planning for the Games and its legacy. It also explored lessons for future HIAs in terms of what has worked well, not so well and not at all regarding the integration of recommendations.