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Measuring Humanity with the Deaf Community through Comedy

By | 2018-11-09T10:51:07+00:00 October 15th, 2018|News|

Measuring Humanity with the Deaf Community through Comedy Historically, the difficulties facing the Deaf community when attempting to access health and mental health services have not been adequately recognised. Many individuals face barriers, with health services primarily organised around hearing and talking. This poses challenges for both the Deaf population and medical professionals. Evidence suggests that Deaf people are three times more likely to have mental health problems than the general population, due to isolation, lack of language skills, poor education and risk of abuse. These issues, which were highlighted in our recent blog post by a member of the Deaf community, emphasise the [...]

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Ignoring all the Signs – Mental Health and Wellbeing Implications for the Deaf Community

By | 2018-11-09T10:50:58+00:00 October 4th, 2018|News|

Ignoring all the Signs - Mental Health and Wellbeing Implications for the Deaf Community Measuring Humanity has been working with the Deaf Community (people born Deaf or who become Deaf during their infant years), whose primary language is British Sign Language (BSL), to help address the range of barriers they face and to explore ways of co-producing appropriate services. To emphasise the importance of this forthcoming work, which has been funded by NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde (NHSGGC), a Deaf community member, who wishes to remain anonymous, highlights some of the barriers Deaf individuals face when attempting to access health services. The insightful blog, [...]

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Measuring Humanity in Green Spaces

By | 2018-07-23T10:01:01+00:00 July 23rd, 2018|News, TCV|

Measuring Humanity in Green Spaces Dr Marisa de Andrade – PI for Measuring Humanity, School of Health in Social Science, Centre for Creative-Relational Inquiry, University of Edinburgh A year ago, I delivered a training workshop to TCV practitioners on the Asset-Based Indicator Framework as part of Measuring Humanity. The participant-led research programme uses bottom-up creative community engagement to challenge policy makers and academics to reassess what counts as evidence when developing policies, practices, and recommendations. TCV practitioners on the Wild Ways Well programme have been using the framework as an evaluation tool to explore how the greenspace improvement programme supports individual resilience and [...]

Measuring Humanity in Aspiring Communities

By | 2018-11-09T10:50:51+00:00 July 2nd, 2018|News|

Measuring Humanity in Aspiring Communities Measuring Humanity has been hard at work in Aspiring Communities in partnership with Bethany Christian Trust. This is funded by the Scottish Government's Aspiring Communities Fund supported by the European Social Fund (ESF). Paul Stevenson, the Community Support and Development Group Head for Bethany Christian Trust, shares his reflections: In a world where we’re more technologically connected than ever before, many people do not know their neighbours. They do not know the person on the other side of the wall, living only a few feet away. People declare the death of community yet speak little of resolutions to this [...]

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Thoughts on evaluating Green Exercise and Our Natural Health Service

By | 2018-11-09T10:50:41+00:00 November 29th, 2017|News, TCV|

Thoughts on evaluating Green Exercise and Our Natural Health Service Dominic Hall, Operations Leader - Communities and Biodiversity, The Conservation Volunteers I pride myself on being logically minded – and I am drawn instinctive to the idea of evidence led policy. The basic idea that decisions should be made based on solid, researched evidence as opposed to gut instinct, political expedience or personal agendas seems entirely compelling. However, the more you look at what this means in practice the more complex and challenging it becomes. Policy issues are complex, multi-dimensional and multi-facetted. Robust, research evidence is difficult to produce and tends from necessity [...]

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Welcome to the site

By | 2017-11-09T20:53:11+00:00 November 1st, 2017|News|

Thanks for landing here! By now you may have read the introduction or heard a bit more about the thinking behind Measuring Humanity. This is a space filled with resources and opportunities for interaction on some of the big questions in health policy and practice. A space for exploring creative community engagement particularly with marginalised communities. Take a look around. If you haven’t heard our very our Measuring Humanity soundtrack ‘Dear Human’ by the award-winning Belle Jones, Lauren Gilmour & Audrey Tait, please do check it out - it should be up on the site shortly. Belle came to one of my Asset-Based [...]

Validating The Feels

By | 2018-11-09T10:50:36+00:00 October 30th, 2017|News|

In August 2017, I decided to take Measuring Humanity to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival as part of the Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas. It was properly terrifying! Switching my office and the community for a stage, I put forward that Measuring Humanity questions ‘what is evidence’? I suggested that the arts – all forms of art and the act of humans coming together – is a type of ‘evidence’ that can be systematically captured and used to ‘measure’ changes in health, wellbeing and inequalities. It’s a way of thinking, a way of being, a way of doing, a way of collecting data, a way [...]

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