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Understanding Glasgow

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.

Understanding Glasgow

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,, 0141 287 6959; or
Sheena Fletcher, E-communications Officer, GCPH,, 0141 287 6266