Our research and evaluations
There is growing evidence that public policy to improve health equity needs to focus on the social determinants of health. Our community-driven approach to addressing health inequalities provides a strong evidence base to support this strategy.
Evaluations of our funding programmes provide strong quantitative and qualitative evidence and important learning for practical, local action on the social determinants of health.
Case studies from independent evaluations of our funding programmes provide examples of practical solutions from local people. They demonstrate the impact of resident-led projects in inspiring positive change and reveal important learning about the challenges and opportunities.
Responding to consultations is one of the ways we can influence to tackle health inequalities, and ensure the views of the people living and experiencing disadvantage are heard and listened to.
Local Conversations evaluation 2016 - 2020
This final evaluation report summarises five years of research into the Local Conversations Programme carried out by the New Economics Foundation.
- 82%agree that when people in the area get involved in their local community, they can really change the way the area is run, compared to 50% in similarly-disadvantaged neighbourhoods and 54% in England on average.
- 81%said they very or fairly strong believe they belong in their local neighbourhood, compared to 56.2% in similarly-disadvantaged neighbourhoods and 61.6% in England on average.