A key element of GoWell is the communications and learning component which was established to ensure the GoWell findings and programme developments are shared with participants and their communities as well as with policy and practice professionals.
In short, the GoWell team wants to ensure that all those with an interest in GoWell are given the opportunity to participate in a meaningful way.
A number of different communication and dissemination mechanisms are used to try to achieve this which are outlined below.
The aim of the GoWell community newsletter is to provide participants and their communities with general information about the programme and feedback on what the GoWell team have found out about their area and Glasgow as a whole.
There are approximately two editions of the community newsletter produced each year for each of our study areas, and these are disseminated to the 24,000 households across our communities. These can be viewed in our Publications section using the ‘Newsletter' filter on the right hand side of the page under 'Publication type'.
Reports, briefing papers and journal articles
One of the main ways we communicate our research findings is through the production of written outputs including our research reports, briefing papers and journal articles.
Each of these serve a different purpose/audience: our research reports provide longer and full details of findings and methodologies; our briefing papers summarise key findings and policy and practice recommendations; while journal articles are peer reviewed published articles which provide much more technical and methodological detail and findings. All of these can be accessed within our Publications section.
The GoWell E-update is an e-newsletter aimed at keeping policy and practice professionals informed of progress and developments in the programme. It is produced quarterly and provides updates on findings, progress and events. Past editions of our e-update are available on request or to automatically receive our e-update, you can sign up to the GoWell network.
Our community engagement aims to facilitate capacity-building and empowered learning. One of the ways we are doing this is by enhancing GoWell’s communications for its newsletters and its network. Contact our Community Engagement Manager Cat Tabbner for more information on this aspect of our work.
We host an annual event in March each year. This provides an important opportunity for local community representatives, practitioners and policy-makers to come together to consider and discuss key findings that have emerged from GoWell over the past year. It also acts as a forum that informs future developments and priorities for the programme.
In addition to the annual event, a priority is to regularly feedback and discuss findings face-to-face with our sponsors, key stakeholders and our study communities. In this regard we hold seminars and make presentations to a range of groups including housing association management committees, Glasgow City Council area committees, community planning partners and voluntary organisations.
Requests for presentations/seminars are welcome and should be emailed to Jennie Coyle.
We are fairly new to Twitter and are in the process of building up online relationships with key individuals, organisations and groups with an interest in housing, regeneration and health and our study areas. We regularly tweet new GoWell findings and developments. To get all the latest updates follow us @GoWellonline.
We created this website to help keep participants, their communities, and policy and practice professionals fully informed of GoWell progress and developments and to act as a resource for all those with an interest in housing, regeneration and health.
As described above the Publications section makes all of our written outputs easily accessible in one place. The study areas section provides information for our survey participants and the communities involved, while the research section provides information on our research components and highlights key findings.
We have recently refreshed our website and would welcome feedback or suggestions of new content to include or improvements we can make. You can use our contact form to get in touch.