GoWell was a longitudinal research and learning programme, investigating the impacts of investment in housing and neighbourhood regeneration in Glasgow on the health and wellbeing of individuals, families and communities.

Launched in 2005, and planned as a ten-year programme, the study design allowed us to examine a range of neighbourhood, housing and health-related factors before, during and after changes took place.


Regeneration of these communities involved a range of interventions including:

  • Housing improvements
  • Transformational regeneration
  • Resident relocation
  • The creation of mixed tenure communities
  • Changes in housing type (demolition of high-rise blocks and replacement with lower-rise flats and houses)
  • Community engagement and empowerment


We studied all of these and are looked at the impacts they may have had in terms of four sets of outcomes:

  • Residential outcomes encompassing housing and neighbourhoods
  • Social and community outcomes
  • Empowerment
  • Health and wellbeing

Health and wellbeing outcomes were conceived as resulting primarily from positive changes in the other three outcomes.

Study components 

A spectrum of research approaches were used to study these including a community health and wellbeing survey and embedded longitudinal survey; an outmovers survey; qualitative research; ecological analysis and an economic evaluation.

More detailed information on these interventions, outcomes and emerging findings, and study components can be found within the research and findings pages.