The wider lessons of the GoWell study
posted on: Nov 21, 2013
A new publication discusses how a study of regeneration in Glasgow can help improve the way we measure the impact of large scale social interventions affecting health and wellbeing. GoWell is a 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 over a ten-year period. The programme 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 study involves innovative methods to help us learn more about a subject area that is notoriously difficult to research. Challenges include those of defining an intervention that evolves organically and changes unpredictably; identifying exposed populations; and methodological constraints affecting capacity to attribute effects. GoWell meets these challenges by adapting the evaluation to take account of changing intervention plans and delivery; making pragmatic choices about which populations to focus on for different parts of the study; and taking advantage of delayed delivery of some components to identify controls.
GoWell is a collaborative partnership between the Glasgow Centre for Population Health, the University of Glasgow, and the MRC/CSO SPHSU University of Glasgow. It is sponsored by Glasgow Housing Association, the Scottish Government, NHS Health Scotland and NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde.