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What Works Wellbeing: Culture, Sport and Wellbeing Evidence Review: Social Diversity and Context Matters

Funding body

ESRC

Investigator(s)

Principal investigator: Professor Christina Victor
Co-investigator: Dr Louise Mansfield; Dr Annette Payne; Prof Tess Kay; Dr Catherine Meads; Dr Louise Longworth
 

Project description

This evidence review, is one programme of work within the What Works for Wellbeing centre and aims to find out about the subjective wellbeing (SWB) benefits of different culture and sport practices and how they are distributed between different groups and user communities including: males and females, different socio-economic groups, diverse ethnic and minority groups; a range of age groups; and people with disabilities. We also wish to ensure that our findings on SWB can be most effectively combined to meaningfully inform policy about, and delivery of, culture and sport activities.

Throughout our project we will use the Office of National Statistics definition of SWB which monitors SWB in terms of life satisfaction, experiences of happiness and worry, and worthwhile things in life.

To conduct our project, a group of researchers from Brunel University London, the London School of Economics and the University of Brighton will work closely with 5 stakeholder groups; policy makers, commissioners, service deliverers, leaders and the public who are interested in finding, promoting and sharing the evidence to maximise the potential of culture and sport to enhance SWB. We will run a series of workshops in the first 6 months of the project where stakeholders will have the opportunity to discuss with researchers the relevance of SWB to culture and sport and to agree key topics and questions which can be answered using systematic searches of a range of literature sources. Following this the researchers will identify and assess the evidence for the topics suggested and report to stakeholder groups through a series of ideas exchange workshops. We will focus on ensuring that the best evidence is presented and disseminated to relevant groups so that they can use it to inform policy on and delivery of cultural and sporting practices.

We have support for our project from several stakeholders in the culture and sport sectors. We recognise that stakeholders have time and workforce challenges in supporting this kind of project and so we will work to use a range of on-line and virtual methods of communication as well as face-to-face approaches.

This evidence review aims to find out about the subjective wellbeing (SWB) benefits of different culture and sport practices and how they are distributed between different groups and user communities including: males and females, different socio-economic groups, diverse ethnic and minority groups; a range of age groups; and people with disabilities.

We will focus on short, medium and long term achievements framed by three impact objectives:
  • to collaborate with key stakeholders in culture and sport to agree topics and outcomes most important to policy and practice.
  • to develop awareness of the evidence synthesis; sharing our findings amongst culture and sport stakeholders.
  • to influence stakeholders in developing policy and practice to enhance wellbeing through culture and sport, to diverse communities across the life course.