Bromley by Bow Community Engagement and Citizen Science
Community research for Bromley by Bow means working together with local residents, to design, explore and analyse research questions together. The team investigates questions related to health and happiness that are important for the local community often with a place-based and asset-based lens.
Our experienced social researchers recruit and train local members of the community to conduct primary qualitative research from study design through to sharing findings, with strong support and guidance. The team develops bespoke and creative methods and accessible language to amplify the local voice from multiple angles e.g. photos that represent peer support, art that illustrates important features of ideal local surroundings for children. During the pandemic the team has successfully transitioned into delivering digital research methods.
We work independently and often in partnership e.g. with University College London and City universities. We have been funded by a range of bodies, including Wellcome and the Health Foundation.
This research, delivered in partnership with UCL, the London team of the ActEarly Prevention Research Partnership, is exploring what makes the best start in life for local children.
Throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, we have engaged more than 500 families by integrating online and offline methods within social distancing rules, to reach and support as many families as possible. This includes sharing summer play packs, facilitating art workshops for children to build a “Best Start Village” and online support in our Family Playrooms Facebook group and website. we are now exploring the themes generated through their participation in 20 in-depth online interviews. We are planning a series of sharing workshops in the New Year.
When & where?
Who is it for?
Parents with children up to 11 years old
Working in partnership with the London team of the ActEarly Prevention Research Partnership and the Bromley by Bow Insights team, we will be working with our community to find out more about:
- Healthy Places – our physical environment and how our community connects to each other
- Healthy Livelihoods – employment opportunities for families in Tower Hamlets
- Healthy Learning – particularly early learning in children’s centres and schools
We will be running creative events throughout the year with the aim to understand the priorities of our local community, particularly families.
Read the interim report here: What Makes the Best Start In Life Interim Report 010121
Unleashing Health Communities, 2016-2018
In the summer of 2018, we published the results of our research project, Unleashing Healthy Communities. Two years of embedded research across the Bromley by Bow Centre and Health Partnership has:
- Worked with staff and community members in creative and participatory ways
- Investigated the Bromley by Bow model, through building a bank of stories and experience of living and working at Bromley by Bow
- Explored what our community valued and ways to build health in a community
- Provided a set of aspirational outcomes to help Bromley by Bow tell its story and measure its impact
Community in the Making, 2016-2018
As part of the Unleashing Healthy Communities study, members of the community were asked in “pop-up stalls” “what makes the ingredients of a good life?” Community in the Making was a six-week collective analysis study including creative workshops with residents to exploring themes arising from the main Unleashing Healthy Communities study: work, environment, home and relationships. Members of the workshops created poetry and sculpted objects whilst considering these themes in their own lives, finally designing an event to share these thoughts and reflections with others and invite the community into this conversation.
- Catherine Godward, Research and Evaluation Manager
- Mandy Harrilal, Community Engagement Lead
- Naomi Mead, Research and Evaluation Coordinator
- Sophie Imber, Evaluation Coordinator
- Kelda Holmes, Community Researcher
- Pratima Singh, Community Researcher