Talking about loneliness

Community perspectives on loneliness in the over 50s Undertaken for Tower Hamlets Public Health with Account 3, this participatory research project explores the impact of living in Tower Hamlets on loneliness among older people in the Borough. The project involved the training of 20 local people in participatory research methods in order to equip them […]

Building knowledge: pathways to post occupancy evaluation

Post occupancy evaluation in architecture Pathways to Post Occupancy Evaluation helps architects to embed project evaluation into their work. Published by the RIBA, the guidance challenges the low take-up of post occupancy evaluation in architecture. It argues that evaluation is critical to closing the gap between design intent and outcomes, and vital in evidencing the […]

Healthy lifestyles: views from Tower Hamlets communities

Community views on healthy lifestyles Part of Tower Hamlets Healthy Borough Programme, this participatory research project involved the training of 35 parents to gain the perspective of families and children on the barriers and solutions to active lifestyles and healthy diets in the Borough. Project aims The principal aims of the project were to: increase […]

Poplar HARCA: health and wellbeing at work

Health and wellbeing at work Poplar HARCA commissioned Shortwork to facilitate participatory sessions with all the Estate Services teams in order to gain workers’ insights and experiences relating to health and wellbeing at work, particularly in light of the range of benefits and support strategies introduced in recent years in order to encourage healthier lifestyles […]

Defining ethical standards for participatory research

Ethical standards for participatory research We worked with the Participatory Practitioners for Change network to develop a set of ethical standards for participatory research. The group formed around concerns about the quality of work carried out in the name of participation. We developed a set of principles for practitioners, guidelines for commissioners and a list of […]

Talking about it: community perspectives on diabetes type two

Tackling diabetes type two in Aberfeldy Diabetes type two is a major and increasing health challenge in Tower Hamlets. Factors contributing to this increase are poor diets and sedentary lifestyles, obesity, genetic and cultural factors which increase the chance of contracting the disease. Whilst diabetes type two is commonly found among older people, it is […]

Don’t Want to Talk About It: Accessing Cancer Screening in Tower Hamlets

Addressing low take-up of cancer screening in Tower Hamlets Commissioned by Tower Hamlets Public Health, this participatory research project explores community perspectives on cancer screening among Tower Hamlets communities. The project builds on social marketing campaigns and other interventions to tackle low levels of take up of screening for bowel, cervical and breast cancer in […]

Evaluating shared ownership housing

Shared ownership: a half-way house? Funded by the Economic and Social Research Council and Durham University, this study evaluates  shared ownership housing – government sponsored part-buy/part-rent schemes designed to help people to get a foot onto the housing ladder. Based on participatory research and interviewing with front-line housing staff and shared ownership households, the study […]

Getting community engagement right

Community engagement in design Written for the RIBA, this piece of guidance sets out the principles of good community engagement that is seen as central to the design process rather than a nice to have or tick box exercise. Evidence and experience drawn from participatory design practice points to the fact that a collaborative design […]

Retracing London’s Drovers Roads

We worked with the architect and landscape designer, Howard Miller, to develop the background research and community activities for the Landscape Institute, Mayor of London and Garden Museum’s ‘A High Line for London’ green infrastructure competition. Our entry, ‘Retracing London’s Drovers Roads,’ included a pattern book of design components that could be used to retrace […]