Measuring Humanity in Aspiring Communities

By |2018-11-09T10:50:51+00:00July 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+00:00November 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 |2022-09-29T10:33:52+00:00November 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 on our Home page. Belle came to one of my Asset-Based Indicator training days with practitioners [...]

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Validating The Feels

By |2018-11-09T10:50:36+00:00October 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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