August 2021

Community wellbeing: different people, same place

Developing a model that articulates the relationships between individual and community wellbeing

Community wellbeing: different people, same place

How we are doing collectively as communities has been a prominent issue since the start of Covid-19, and community support in response to the pandemic has been more vital than ever. Yet, understanding what is meant by ‘community wellbeing’ is not always clear. We must recognise that it is more than the sum of the wellbeing of the individuals within that community, and understand how to achieve it.

What are we doing and why?

To understand and define what community wellbeing is, and in partnership with Spirit of 2012 and the Centre for Ageing Better, we are working with researchers at Birmingham and Warwick Universities to develop a model that articulates the relationships between individual and community wellbeing. Led by Dr Laura  Kudrna and Dr Oyinlola Oyebode, the team are also looking at how this relationship is different for different people and in different places.

How are we doing it?

The project will include a qualitative review of existing evidence as well as new quantitative data analysis. This will identify the appropriate measures that can be used to understand and articulate individual and community outcomes, and their relationship. We will test this model with stakeholders in places to understand the barriers and tradeoffs involved in seeking better outcomes for people and places in more detail.

Who and how will it help? 

The model is designed for policy makers and practitioners who are working to improve wellbeing at the community level. It will also help you if your work focuses on individual wellbeing outcomes, by using the lens and assets of communities.

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