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Sport, culture, communities and wellbeing

This project has been commissioned to extend the work of the UK's What Works Centre for Wellbeing. It is examining the evidence about how UK Government policy can most effectively alleviate loneliness and enhance wellbeing through cultural and sporting activities across the life course.

The project develops the work of the partnership between Brunel University London, Brighton University, the (Finland) and Anglia Ruskin University. It involves extensive stakeholder engagement with the Department of Digital Culture Media and Sport including Sport England, the Arts Council for England and Historic England.

The work includes translation, dissemination and mobilisation of evidence in partnership with the What Works Centre for Wellbeing. The work is impacting decision and policy making in UK Government and national organisations in culture and sport which support the design and implementation of cultural and sporting activities for diverse communities across the life course.

What Works Centre for Wellbeing
What Works Centre for Wellbeing

Read more:

  • Testoni, S., Mansfield, L. and Dolan, P., 2018. Defining and measuring subjective well-being for sport policy. International Journal of Sport Policy and Politics, 10(4), pp.815-827.
  • Daykin, N., Mansfield, L., Payne, A., Kay, T., Meads, C., D’Innocenzo, G., Burnett, A., Dolan, P., Julier, G., Longworth, L. and Tomlinson, A., 2017. What works for wellbeing in culture and sport? Report of a DELPHI process to support coproduction and establish principles and parameters of an evidence review. Perspectives in public health, 137(5), pp.281-288.
  • Daykin, N., Mansfield, L., Meads, C., Julier, G., Tomlinson, A., Payne, A., Grigsby Duffy, L., Lane, J., D’Innocenzo, G., Burnett, A. and Kay, T., 2018. What works for wellbeing? A systematic review of wellbeing outcomes for music and singing in adults. Perspectives in public health, 138(1), pp.39-46.
  • Snape, D., Meads, C., Bagnall, A., Tregaskis, O. and Mansfield, L., 2017. What works wellbeing: A guide to our evidence review methods.
  • Mansfield, L., Kay, T., Meads, C., Grigsby-Duffy, L., Lane, J., John, A., Daykin, N., Dolan, P., Testoni, S., Julier, G. and Payne, A., 2018. Sport and dance interventions for healthy young people (15–24 years) to promote subjective well-being: a systematic review. BMJ open, 8(7), p.e020959.

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Related Research Group(s)

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Health and Wellbeing Across the Lifecourse - Inequalities in health and wellbeing in the UK and internationally; welfare, health and wellbeing; ageing studies; health economics.

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UKRI Research England

Organisations interested in our research can partner with us with confidence backed by an external and independent benchmark: The Knowledge Exchange Framework. Read more.

Project last modified 14/07/2021