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The Right Here Right Now (RHRN) pilot study was a collaborative project involving the Glasgow Centre for Population Health, NHS Health Scotland, MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit, University of Glasgow and the Institute of Design Innovation at the Glasgow School of Art .

Right Here Right Now was created to better understand how people in Glasgow respond to rapid social and economic changes. The aim was to establish an efficient means of collecting data on peoples’ lived experiences on an on-going basis, and to analyse and disseminate this to decision-makers in as near to real-time as possible. 

The RHRN pilot study ran for six months, from 5th May to 27th October 2015. During this time, we recruited 180 Community Researchers (CRs) using a combination of random and quota sampling.  Each week, CRs were issued a series of short questions via email, SMS or post.

Questions came from various sources. Some questions were selected from a pool of questions developed in advance in the project which were associated with public health and social issues. Others were based on topical news stories or on the priorities of key stakeholders representing the Scottish Government, Glasgow City Council and other public bodies and third sector organisations.

Analysis of responses was undertaken each week, and summaries of the results were distributed to CRs and other stakeholders within two weeks of the question being issued. 

Download a booklet of the Right Here Right Now findings summaries (PDF).

Access a full description of the establishment, delivery, and evaluation findings of RHRN in the final report of the pilot study.

Based on the results of the evaluation, options for future development of a near to real-time data generation and dissemination process are discussed in the study report.