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Culture, Sport and Wellbeing: Social Diversity and Context Matters

Funding body

ESRC


Investigator(s)

Principal investigator: Professor Christina Victor
Principal investigator: Dr Louise Mansfield
Co-investigator: Dr Louise Mansfield
Co-investigator: Prof Tess Kay
Co-investigator: Prof Norma Daykin
Co-investigator: Prof Alan Tomlinson
Co-investigator: Prof Guy Julier
Co-investigator: Prof Paul Dolan
Co-investigator: Mr Stefano Testoni
Co-investigator: Miss Lily Grigsby-Duffy
Co-investigator: Mr Jack Lane
 

Project description

The Culture, Sport and Wellbeing (CSaW) evidence programme is one of four commissioned in 2015 to support the UK’s  independent national What Works Centre for Wellbeing. CSaW is examining the evidence about how UK strategies can most effectively promote the wellbeing benefits of engagement in culture and sport, and tackle wellbeing inequalities through cultural and sport interventions.

The Culture, Sport and Wellbeing (CSaW) evidence programme is one of four commissioned in 2015 to support the UK’s  independent national What Works Centre for Wellbeing. CSaW is examining the evidence about how UK strategies can most effectively promote the wellbeing benefits of engagement in culture and sport, and tackle wellbeing inequalities through cultural and sport interventions. The CSaW project involves systematic review and secondary analysis methods to synthesize evidence on the contributions of cultural and sport interventions to subjective wellbeing (life satisfaction, experiences of happiness and worry, and worthwhile things in life) in diverse population groups. It is identifying, assessing and synthesizing evidence on the contributions of cultural and sport interventions to wellbeing in diverse population groups, and translating sharing and promoting that evidence to inform policy and decision making by stakeholders. Researchers, policy makers, commissioners, service deliverers, and the public collaborate to define review questions, and translate, share and promote evidence to maximise the potential of culture and sport to enhance SWB.

 

Impact statement

The programme brings together Brunel University London, the London School of Economics, the University of Brighton and the University of Winchester in an interdisciplinary consortium with complementary areas of academic excellence. Continued engagement with users underpins our work plan which is rooted in a robust partnership with 55 UK-wide organisations representing policy, commissioning/managing, service delivery, and scholars/fellows stakeholders. Our own public / citizen group work has complemented this and has involved approximately 180 people who participate in, or  actively  support people in, community-based culture and sport activities (including singing, arts, dance, tennis, rugby, athletics) and reflected the key dimensions of diversity in community contexts (socio-economic status, age, gender, disability and ethnicity). We continue to develop and extend, as appropriate, this collaborative partnership approach with existing networks in culture and sport to ensure we are reaching and speaking to the most significant audiences, at the most relevant times, in the most appropriate places, and that we are employing the most effective strategies and activities for identifying, collating, synthesising, translating and disseminating evidence.

Website

What works wellbeing

Publication

What works for wellbeing in culture and sport?