Hemsworth Coalfield Partnership SRB5 Programme - Wellbeing Impact Assessment

The decision to carry out an impact assessment of the Hemsworth Coalfield Partnership SRB5 Programme came about following Wakefield and District HAZ making a commitment to promote the use of HIA and to forge linkages with regeneration initiatives. UCLan was commissioned to conduct the research – and the project steering group agreed that the Wellbeing Impact Assessment should have four aims:

  • To assess the extent to which the content of the SRB5 Programme demonstrates an understanding of and commitment to promoting health and wellbeing through regeneration.
  • To assess the extent to which the processes involved in developing the SRB5 bid and implementing the Programme have impacted and are impacting on health and wellbeing.
  • To assess the potential for enhancing the positive impacts and minimising the negative impacts of the SRB5 Programme on health and wellbeing within and beyond the funding period.
  • To produce a framework for WIA for future use and to inform the development of future regeneration programmes.

The research was primarily qualitative, using community profiling, documentary analysis and participatory review (utilising observation, focus groups and semi-structured individual interviews). Findings and recommendations were structured under the following headings:

  • Education & Lifelong Learning
  • Building Bridges to Work: Employment & Economy
  • Healthy Living and Community Safety
  • Community Capacity Building
  • Physical Environment
  • Services & Amenities
  • Process issues

Lead Investigator / Project Staff

Mark Dooris

Funding Organisation

Wakefield Health Action Zone, £10,000

Public Outputs

Hemsworth SRB5 Wellbeing Impact Assessment Final Report
Papers at UKPHA and National Health Impact Assessment conferences