This report was initially developed to underpin an evaluation of People’s Health Trust’s Active Communities and Local Conversations grant funding programmes. Collective control/ community power are key determinants of health and, alongside social connections, is an important aim of the Trust’s funding programmes.

When people have more control over decisions and actions that affect their lives, they have a better chance of improving and maintaining their health. This report explores the existing evidence and literature around the relationship between collective control and health inequalities.

The report asks several questions around the ideas that form understanding of collective control, as well as ways in which control can be enhanced within communities.

The report finds that collective control is a complex concept and the lack of existing evidence linking it to impact around health inequalities presents a challenge.

Date published: 17 November 2020