Funding Award: Commonhealth @ Aberdeen Foyer

Prof Heather Fulford  has started the Aberdeen phase of a research grant from the  MRC and ESRC awarded to RGU and partners.

CommonHealth is a five-year research programme (2014-2018) set up to investigate the impact of social enterprise on the health and wellbeing of individuals and communities. Led by the Yunus Centre for Social Business and Health at Glasgow Caledonian University, CommonHealth is a collaborative programme of 8 projects delivered by academics from the University of Stirling, Glasgow University, Robert Gordon University and UHI, working in partnership with a range of social enterprises across Scotland.

Aberdeen FoyerCommonHealth @ Aberdeen Foyer runs from 2016-18 and is one of the 8 projects within the CommonHealth programme.  The purpose of the project is to explore the challenges of collecting, recording, analysing, reporting and using data on health and wellbeing outcomes in a social enterprise. The RGU research team will work alongside Aberdeen Foyer to review the effectiveness of existing mechanisms used to measure health and wellbeing outcomes. A comparative investigation with other social enterprises in Scotland is also being planned. Using human-centred design techniques, new measurement frameworks will be designed, developed and tested with a view to helping social enterprises like Aberdeen Foyer increase the effectiveness of their health and wellbeing interventions and enable them to report more comprehensively and meaningfully on their impact.

Research Assistant Melanie Liddell is working alongside Prof Fulford in Aberdeen Business School on the CommonHealth @ Aberdeen Foyer project. Melanie is currently engaging closely with staff at Aberdeen Foyer to determine the range of data collected, the data recording mechanisms in place, and the reporting tools being employed.

Project contact: Professor Heather Fulford, (Centre for Entrepreneurship, Department of Management, Aberdeen Business School), Robert Gordon University; tel. 01224 263869; email h.fulford@rgu.ac.uk

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