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Completed GoWell Studies

GoWell Neighbourhood Audits
In 2006, we undertook a neighbourhood audit to assess the quality of the housing and local environment in the GoWell areas. We assessed the appearance, attractiveness and physical features of the housing and immediate surroundings of around 100 addresses in the GoWell neighbourhoods. We also collected information on the level and quality of amenity provision within the local area, as well as access and public transport links to key services outside the area (such as emergency services, leisure facilities etc.).

This neighbourhood audit helped us describe the physical composition and quality of each GoWell area. The audit provides a useful record of the physical appearance of the GoWell areas at the start of the regeneration process and will allow us to systematically monitor changes in neighbourhood quality over time.

Effects of Tenure Mix on Life of Communities
A key component of change in several of the GoWell study areas is tenure restructuring to produce mixed-tenure, mixed-income communities as a replacement or adaptation of existing mono-tenure, social housing areas. The goal of achieving such mixed communities has become the predominant approach to development and regeneration strategies over the past decade, and is now clearly expressed in housing policy, in general statements of urban policy and regeneration strategy, as well as in planning guidance. The expected benefits of mixed tenure range across economic, social, environmental and psychological impacts.

To examine the likely effects of mixed tenure we have undertaken a series of studies:

  1. A review of reviews of mixed tenure and a systematic review of primary studies in the United Kingdom to assess the quality of the evidence of the effects of tenure mix.
  2. A review of council documents and interviews with stakeholders to produce a history of tenure diversification processes in three estates in Glasgow: Drumchapel, Castlemilk and Gorbals, producing a brief history of the tenure diversification process.
  3. An analysis of tenure spatial distribution.
  4. A qualitative study of residents’ perceptions in the Drumchapel, Castlemilk and Gorbals. Within these areas we have sampled areas of different levels of integration between social renters and owners – integrated, segmented or segregated using the spatial configuration maps described above.

Qualitative research on experiences of regeneration
Since 2010, two qualitative studies have been performed adopting a phenomenological approach, involving in-depth interviews, participants’ photography and ‘Go-Alongs’:

  1. The GoWell Lived Realities study aimed to explore whether and how the everyday experiences of adult resident are affected by changes affecting their homes and neighbourhoods associated with neighbourhood renewal.
  2. The GoWell Young People’s study aimed to explore how young people’s perspectives of everyday life in disadvantaged neighbourhoods undergoing change.

Evaluation of the Environmental Employability Programme
The Environmental Employability Programme, or Community Janitors, managed by the Local Regeneration Network and Glasgow Housing Association’s Regeneration Team, aims to address training and employment issues for the long term unemployed while providing an environmental management service. Staff from the Evaluating Interventions Team were involved with interviewing Local Housing Organisation staff about their experiences of the project.

Play areas audits
We have audited play areas prior to the implementation of the Play Areas Development Programme, funded by Glasgow Centre for Population Health. A second audit and interviews with local people are planned after the implementation of the programme to assess the effects of play park improvements on perceptions of community, neighbourhood safety and the prevalence of anti-social behaviour.

Evaluating Youth Diversionary Projects in Glasgow
Youth disorder has been reported as a key concern by residents in both the GoWell study and the Glasgow Housing Association (GHA) Tenant Satisfaction Surveys (TSS). Alongside improvements to the built environment GHA funds additional neighbourhood initiatives across Glasgow. One of these is a youth diversionary initiative funding youth projects in different areas of Glasgow.

We have evaluated a selection of these youth diversionary projects that ran from October 2007 to November 2008. The evaluations aimed to gather evidence relating to best practice in youth diversionary initiatives, with particular reference to their design, implementation and effectiveness. We were particularly interested in looking at the impact on: young people’s behaviour; local residents’ perceptions of community safety and cohesion; local organisations; and levels of anti-social behaviour and crime.

External Collaborators


  • Longitudinal Studies A type of study which involves studying a group of people at regular intervals over a long period of times
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