We often hear ‘the system’ is broken, but what do we mean by this? How can changing the way we think about, define, research, evidence, monitor, evaluate and resource ‘the system’ lead to meaningful change for deprived communities? How will this change benefit those who have first-hand experience of trauma, homelessness, poverty, unemployment, displacement, poor mental health or imprisonment?
REALITIES takes a human-systems approach noting ‘health and social care systems’ (HSCS) are constructed mental representations of relationships existing in the world to promote health for people.
Our Scottish consortium of 57 people has five established asset hubs in Clackmannanshire, Dundee, Easter Ross, Edinburgh and North Lanarkshire with strong relationships uniting conflicting ways of seeing the world. Through phase 2, we co-produced a systems-level model with deprived communities, policymakers, practitioners and researchers collecting and respecting different types of knowledge and alternative evidence-bases (from arts performances to nature walks; words to statistics) as equally important to understand complexities of unjust and avoidable health differences.