Professional Involvement in TRUUD

What is the research?

Our aim is to improve health and prevent non-communicable diseases (e.g. heart disease, diabetes, mental health) by changing the way urban development decisions are made.  To do this, we are working with people who influence and facilitate change to the urban environment and those most affected by it.   We are seeking to engage with representatives from all sectors: public, private, NGOs and local communities.

How could I get involved?

We are inviting professionals to participate in 3 ways:

 

Annual conferences

We are planning annual conferences, starting in 2021, over the course of the programme.  If you are interested in attending, please register your interest here.

The annual conferences will provide an opportunity to share and develop ideas to improve the urban environment to prevent non-communicable disease in the future.

 

Interviews

Some upstream decision makers will be invited to participate in interviews for TRUUD.  Some participants will be asked to take part in 2-3 interviews spread across the 5 year programme.  Initially we will ask questions to help us to map the complex systems of urban planning and development.  In the second and third interviews, the focus will be on the suggested changes that will be developed by the study team, based on information gathered in phase one.

Interviews would take place (in private) at a time / place convenient for the interviewee, this may be via online video-conferencing.  The discussion is likely to last approximately 60 minutes, depending on your time availability. You will be asked to give your written or recorded verbal consent to participate, prior to undertaking the interview.

If you would like to help us better understand how urban development decisions are made, and the role that health prevention plays in those decisions, please either respond to the researcher who contacted you, or register your interest using this form.

 

Focus Groups

The purpose of the focus groups is to enable broader discussions and interaction between stakeholders to enable exploration of new areas that would be otherwise inaccessible via individual interviews. Initially the focus will be on mapping the complex systems of urban planning and development.  Later discussions will focus on suggested changes to the system that will be developed by the study team, based on information gathered in phase one.

Focus groups are likely to take place in Greater Manchester, Bristol or online.  They are expected to last 2-4 hours, depending on the topics to be covered.  Each focus group will be conducted in private / securely (if online) and we will ensure the conversations cannot be overheard.  You will be asked to give your written or recorded verbal consent to participate, prior to undertaking the interview.

If you would like to help us better understand how urban development decisions are made, and the role that health prevention plays in those decisions, please either respond to the researcher who contacted you, or register your interest using this form.

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