How do communities reflect on whether they have made a difference to wellbeing and how should they be supported to do so?
Contact: Project Funder – Pembrokeshire Regional Integration Fund
Together for Change (TfC) has received a grant, from the Regional Integration Fund (Pembrokeshire RIF), to put in place systems and support that will strengthen the evidence base of action centring on the wellbeing of communities of place, defined here as communities of geography. The work will be taken forward by a RIF funded post in the Together for Change Team, with a focus on Pembrokeshire and extending to the counties of Carmarthenshire and Ceredigion.
There is an increasing amount of interest in the evidence base of wellbeing in this setting: what the needs are and how we can work collaboratively. The strategies of Pembrokeshire partnerships highlight the importance of research and evaluation and there has been a growing investment in the county in generating and using evidence.
Elsewhere in Wales, e.g. SPARK, Cardiff University, is undertaking an enquiry into how it can build a partnership to support communities in research, by matching skills to needs. Swansea University’s research project on ‘Pride in Communities’ will be used to inform the University’s strategy on community links. WelshGovernment has invested in research centres of excellence in social care, and Developing Evidence Enriched Practice (DEEP) has received a third phase of funding. Social Care Wales is building an infrastructure to support research and evaluation, and knowledge transfer and is supporting the Resourceful Communities Partnership which runs learning events.
The present research project was designed to inform developments in Pembrokeshire, and the wider region, and to provide useful data for sharing across Wales for a collaborative approach to infrastructure development.
Timescales – 2023
March: Stakeholder meetings
April: Develop and pilot tools
May – September: Data collection and analysis
October: Reporting and start of implementation and dissemination