Information for survey participants

This study is only possible because of the time and effort contributed by all of the GoWell participants, to whom we are extremely grateful.

Since the launch of GoWell in 2006 we have conducted three surveys with residents: the first in 2006, in which more than 6,000 residents took part; the second in 2008, in which 4,700 residents participated; and the third in 2011, in which just over 4,000 residents took part. The fourth survey is taking place in 2015.

If you have been asked to take part or have participated in one of our surveys, read on for further information.

Why have you been chosen?

You were picked along with thousands of other people who live in areas of Glasgow we are interested in. The selection process involved a combination of random sampling, sampling of residents from specific neighbourhoods and people involved in previous surveys as part of this study.

What does taking part involve?

An interviewer from BMG Research will visit you and invite you to take part in around a 45 minute interview in your home. BMG Research will then process the data and pass it to the GoWell Research Team for further analysis.

What will you be asked?

Our survey includes questions on your home and local community, and how they make you feel. It asks about your lifestyle (such as diet, exercise, employment, income and education) and the health and wellbeing of yourself and family members. It asks what you think about services in your area, such as housing, transport, shops etc. and how changes in your community might affect you.

We will also ask your permission to allow a researcher from the GoWell team to analyse computerised records of your use of NHS services overtime alongside that of other participants in the study. This is so that a full picture of changing community health can be established. You do not have to provide permission; you can still take part in the rest of the survey without providing permission for access to your NHS records.

Do I have to answer all the questions?

No. You can decline to answer any questions you don't want to. 

What has the study to do with me?

Your views can help to improve community services and regeneration in your area and elsewhere. We will publish our findings and present them to housing associations, policy-makers and planners. This will help to show them which kinds of changes benefit people (and which don't).

Will your information be confidential?

Yes. Nothing you tell us will be used outside the study. No personal information will be passed on to housing associations, the council, benefits agencies, tax offices, job centres, companies or anyone outside the study. All the information will be anonymous and will not be seen by anyone outside the GoWell research team. Your name will not appear on any report, or on any questionnaire as you will be assigned an I.D. number. Our reports will not identify anyone, by name or by address or by any other means.

What happens after the interview?

Most people, if they continue to live in the same community, will be contacted by us during the course of the study to participate in follow-up interviews or focus groups.

Some people who move during the course of this study may also be contacted to participate in follow up interviews or focus groups.

If we contact you, you can choose if you want to take part again or not. 

What will the GoWell research team do with the information you give us?

The information you tell us will be put together with information provided by the other Glasgow households who take part in our surveys. This will help us to build a picture of people's experiences of community regeneration and neighbourhood renewal, and will help us identify what kinds of regeneration activities provide the most benefit to you, your family and your community.

We'll feed back the findings for your area through our newsletters, which we regularly send to everyone living in our study areas. We also share and discuss findings with various policy-makers and service providers, including the Scottish Government, the council, the police, GHA and other housing associations, the Health Board and Community Planning. 

Where can you get further information?

For further information about GoWell please email us or use our feedback form.   

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