This project involves a mixed-methods study to examine how and to what extent the volunteering programme has impacted those taking part; particularly in terms of subjective well-being and civic pride.
The team will use and test a theory of change developed by the What Works Centre for Wellbeing. They are working closely with the city host programme and the monitoring and evaluation team to measure the impact of volunteering on volunteers’ mental wellbeing and civic pride. This will be measured both over time, and compared with other Coventry and national populations.
They will also investigate whether there are some groups who have seen greater change, based on characteristics such as age, gender or marital status. In both quantitative and qualitative works, the team will explore the mechanisms of change and intermediate outcomes between volunteering and subjective wellbeing, civic pride and belonging.
About the team
Dr Oyinlola Oyebode: Oyinlola is an Associate Professor in Public Health at Warwick Medical School and has experience of leading translational projects, working in partnership with policy and practice colleagues to produce high quality and useful research.
Dr Rebecca Johnson: Rebecca is Assistant Professor in Public Health at Coventry University. She has experience working with local authorities on projects related to public health and wellbeing and she is an expert in mixed methods research.