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Glasgow Community Health and Wellbeing Research and Learning Programme

 

GoWell is a planned ten-year research and learning programme that aims to investigate the impact of investment in housing, regeneration and neighbourhood renewal on the health and wellbeing of individuals, families and communities. The programme further aims to establish the nature and extent of these impacts, to learn about the relative effectiveness of different approaches, and to inform policy and practice in Scotland and beyond.

The programme has a separate website which has recently been refreshed and updated.

The GoWell website contains further background information on the programme, the different research and learning components, the different study area types and areas and all the publications to-date. 

There are three over-arching reasons driving GoWell: the opportunity that the large-scale investment in housing and neighbourhood regeneration currently taking place in Glasgow presents; the lack of evidence of whether and how housing and neighbourhood improvements improve health and wellbeing; and the enduring and in some cases widening health inequalities in Glasgow.

GoWell is a mixed methods study focusing on 15 disadvantaged neighbourhoods experiencing regeneration in Glasgow. 

GoWell has a number of different research components including four repeat cross-sectional surveys conducted at two/three year intervals.  A longitudinal study of residents will also follow-up people who remain at the same address/in the same area for the duration of the study and track a selection of those who move away. Self-reported responses from the cross-sectional and longitudinal face-to-face questionnaires are analysed along with various routinely produced ecological data and documentary sources to build a picture of change and progress over time. 

Qualitative methods include interviews and focus groups of residents, housing managers and other stakeholders exploring issues such as the neighbourhood context, potential pathways from regeneration to health, community engagement and empowerment.

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