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Big Local working with health agencies

Big Local working with health agencies

Topline timings: January 2016 – April 2017



A participatory action research project in seven Big Local areas to understand and develop partnership working between residents and public health agencies. The research built on our previous work on resident led change as five year learning partner to Big Local and on our Building Health Partnerships and Health and Social Value Programmes. We published the findings from the research in December 2016.

Find out more about our work with Big Local

What type of project is it?

Action research


The brief – What is the purpose of the work?

Local Trust commissioned this research because health and wellbeing had been identified as a priority in many Big Local areas; and because the areas that were already working with health agencies said that this relationship was both rewarding and challenging.


What difference will it make?

  • Help to convene and facilitate discussions between Big Local partnerships and health agencies
  • Identified some of the ways in which Big Local partnerships are contributing to local health and wellbeing agendas
  • Provided insights into the factors that contribute to opening doors to building relationships with health agencies


Research design – What methods will be used?

Focus group discussions; facilitated meetings; advice, information, resources and ideas


What are the key stages?

  • Published in January 2017
  • IVAR will be running sessions on the research findings at the Big Local Spring Events 2017


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