Over the past 9 months, BMG Research has managed a number of large-scale health and well-being surveys on behalf of a range of high profile clients, including Public Health England, Glasgow Centre for Population Health, University of Glasgow, NHS Scotland, Centre for Public Health Liverpool John Moores University, and the University of Liverpool on behalf of the North West Coast CLAHRC.

The GoWell Community Health and Well-being Survey (CHWS) is in its tenth year and fourth Wave of surveying. GoWell is a collaborative partnership between the Glasgow Centre for Population Health, the University of Glasgow, and the MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit, sponsored by Glasgow Housing Association (Wheatley Group), the Scottish Government, NHS Scotland and NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde. GoWell is a research and learning programme investigating the impact of investment in housing, regeneration and neighbourhood renewal on the health and wellbeing of these communities over a ten-year period. The programme aims to establish the nature and extent of these impacts, to learn about the relative effectiveness of different approaches, and to inform policy and practice in Scotland and beyond.

As part of the GoWell programme, BMG Research was commissioned to manage the Community Health and Wellbeing Survey (CHWS). Previous CHWS survey waves have been conducted in 2006, 2008 and 2011 (and a smaller survey of households took place in 2009), and a fourth is in motion currently for 2015. These waves take the form of a repeat cross-sectional study with residents living within the renewal neighbourhoods, with a nested longitudinal study and a number of qualitative focus groups. An average of 4,000-5,000 face to face household interviews have been conducted per survey wave, with over half of these being individuals that were interviewed at a previous wave(s), thus providing a longitudinal measure of impact on health and well-being that is unprecedented in the sector more widely.

The Collaboration in Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care for the North West Coast’s (CLAHRC NWC) household health survey on behalf of the Universities of Liverpool, Lancaster and Central Lancashire aims to provide new knowledge about the neighbourhood characteristics and psychological processes that need to be targeted by public health and health and social care interventions to reduce inequalities across neighbourhoods within the North West Coast region.  This survey was conducted face to face with residents over two waves in selected neighbourhoods within the nine local authorities that make up the CLAHRC NWC area. The first wave in 2015 involved conducting 4,300 face to face household interviews to establish an initial baseline from which to evaluate projects and interventions being delivered within the selected neighbourhoods. The aim was to inform the development of actions to reduce health inequities. It also contributed to the understanding of the geographical and socio-economic determinants of physical and mental health and wellbeing inequities in disadvantaged neighbourhoods. The second wave in 2018 will involve a further 2,400 interviews to understand the impact of the interventions on health and well-being measures.

The Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) study, delivered on behalf of Public Health England, the Centre for Public Health John Moores University, and the local authorities of Hertfordshire, Luton, and Northamptonshire is designed to understand the relationship between childhood experiences and adult lifestyle choices and health. Previous studies have found a relationship between adverse childhood experiences and adult diseases (heart disease, cancer etc.), lifestyle behaviours (smoking, drug/alcohol use etc.), mental health conditions and healthcare utilisation. This study follows on from the World Health Organisation sponsored national ACE study conducted by BMG Research in 2011, which was the first of its kind worldwide to be delivered with a nationally representative sample. Between June and September 2015, over 5,500 face to face household interviews were conducted with residents across the three local authority areas, and the results will feed into public health policy through increasing the understanding of how childhood experiences impact future health and well-being.