A two-phase exploration of barriers to, and opportunities for integrating
health considerations into strategic decision-making
A two-phase, qualitative, experimental and action research based exploration of barriers to, and opportunities for integrating health considerations into strategic decision-making through a purposive sample of case study partners representing the UK’s major delivery agencies. Partners include a volume house-builder, a city council, a district council (responsible for a Healthy New Town), a major real estate developer, a large development corporation, and a regeneration joint venture between a social housing provider and a contractor.
For this component, the project has established formal partnerships with key decision-makers in each case study. Recognising that the interviewees predominantly occupy leadership or senior management positions within organisations, whether public or private, we adopt the qualitative approach of “elite interviewing”. These interviews cover 12 thematic areas which are designed to understand the primary responsibilities and priorities of each organisation and to explore their views on the major barriers and opportunities to creating healthy urban development.
The project team and case study partners will then start framing routes to the prioritisation of health considerations within appropriate upstream governance practices.
An advisory group will evaluate and validate research methods and results.
Interviews currently in process.