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The latest phase of the Communities in Control study is now underway. The focus of the study is the Lottery funded Big Local programme.  

The research, now in its third phase and funded by NIHR's public health research programme aims to provide much needed evidence as to how community empowerment could have longer-term benefits for health both for indivudals and local populations. 

Big Local is a major place-based initiative rolled out in 150 areas in England and managed by Local Trust. In each area, the programme provides residents with at least £1 million and a range of support to make a difference to the things that matter most to them in their community. This includes, for example, investing in physical and build environments of neighbourhoods, improving transport, addressing debt or strengthening the local economy as well as efforts to challenge negative reputations of areas.

Phases 1 and 2 of the study were funded by the NIHR School for Public Health Research (SPHR).  This involved direct collaboration between five NIHR SPHR members (LiLaC - Liverpool and Lancaster Universities, Exeter and Sheffield Universities, FUSE - a collaboration of universities in the north east of England and London School for Hygiene and Tropical Medicine). The study is led by LiLaC's Professor Jennie Popay.

During these earlier phases of the study, the team conducted interviews and surveys with over 300 residents and professionals in 15 Big Local areas and observed several meetings and events over a number of months.  A number of academic publications and practitioner briefings from these phases are available here.

Download the latest project briefing using the link below.

CiC - Phase 2 findings update

A new website for the project will be available in 2018