The Glasgow Indicators project has been developed by the Glasgow Centre for Population Health (GCPH) with support from a range of partners, including Glasgow City Council, Community Safety Glasgow, Glasgow Life, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde and the International Futures Forum.
The impetus for the work has come from a number of places. Glasgow's City Strategy Action plan (2007) included a commitment to developing health and well-being indicators for the city. In 2009, Growing a Healthier Glasgow - the report of Glasgow's Health Commission - made 20 recommendations for what needed to change for the city to have a healthier future. The creation of a set of health and well-being or 'progress' indicators is one way in which the effectiveness of the Health Commission's recommendations can be monitored.
The Glasgow Centre for Population Health (GCPH) also has a strong track record in describing health and health-related factors in the city, through health profiles, several films - including Miniature Glasgow and Views of Health in Glasgow - and through ongoing research to understand how Glasgow compares to post-industrialised European regions and, within the UK specifically, to Liverpool and Manchester.
The aim of the website is to create an accessible resource that will inform a wide audience about the wellbeing of Glasgow's population across a range of domains (e.g. health, poverty, education, environment), allow progress to be monitored and to encourage civic engagement in the cross-cutting issues that face the city.
Model and guiding principles
A 12 domain model has been developed to describe health and wellbeing in the city. This stems from the aim of creating a basket of indicators for Glasgow rather than one index, reflecting a dynamic interlinked view of the city.
GCPH are also developing a parallel set of children's indicators. In presenting indicators we attempt to do a number of things:
- to show trends
- to show inequality, or difference, within the city
- to, where possible, make comparisons to other comparator UK cities and to European cities
For further information contact:
Bruce Whyte, Public Health Programme Manager, GCPH, firstname.lastname@example.org, 0141 287 6959; or
Sheena Fletcher, E-communications Officer, GCPH, email@example.com, 0141 287 6266