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Neighbourhood deprivation monitoring in Rotterdam and London: exploring barriers to evidence-based policy and practice

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Sanneke de la Rie ,

About Sanneke
Sanneke de la Rie, MSc is researcher and teacher at Expert Centre Urban Talent at Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences. She carries out research on parental engagement, early childhood education programmes and social work, teaches research methodology and is a thesis supervisor for senior Educational Social Work students.
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Patrick Tobi,

About Patrick
Patrick Tobi, MBBS, MPH, MSc is director of Research at the Institute for Health and Human Development, University of East London. He is a public health physician with experience in public health practice, education and research in the UK and internationally. He is interested in the interface between health interventions and the wider health and social systems in which they operate, with a particular focus on whole systems approaches.
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Frans Spierings,

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Dr. Frans Spierings is director of the Expert Centre Urban Talent at Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences, and Professor of Youth Studies at Rotterdam University. He is also a member of the scientific advisory board of the Dutch Association of Social Work (NVMW) and advisor of the board of the National Self-Harm Network of the Netherlands. Spierings does multidisciplinary research into urban renewal, urban talent and social work.
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Kevin Sheridan

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Kevin Sheridan, MSc is director of Community Engagement at the Institute for Health and Human Development, University of East London. His research and practice focus on community engagement, job brokerage and social enterprise among deprived communities. His work draws on traditional as well as innovative engagement methodologies including world café, appreciative inquiry and visual mapping workshops.
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Neighbourhood deprivation monitoring in Rotterdam and London: exploring barriers to evidence-based policy and practice There is ample evidence that area-based approaches to tackling health inequalities, as part of a wider policy of community regeneration, are effective. Nevertheless, embedding this evidence in the routine practice of health professionals has not followed automatically. One of the barriers to the uptake of research is the process by which evidence is generated and its usability, or “stickiness”. This paper draws on the concept of stickiness to explore the role of deprivation monitoring data in creating an evidence base for neighbourhood health policies and intervention. The study was undertaken as part of a Knowledge Exchange Programme aimed at sharing learning to improve the participation and health of disadvantaged people in deprived neighbourhoods in Rotterdam and London. The two cities are similar in that they both have highly diverse populations and government health and social policies that employ area-based approaches to tackle deprivation. Documentary analysis and in-depth interviews with health professionals and policymakers in the two cities have explored the construction of health policy, the congruence between data on deprivation and the contextual experience of practitioners, and the factors that influenced the usability of the data. Monitoren van achterstand op wijkniveau in Rotterdam en Londen: een verkenning van obstakels binnen “evidence-based” beleid en praktijk Een gebiedsgerichte aanpak om achterstandswijken te vernieuwen is effectief gebleken om ongelijkheid op het gebied van gezondheid aan te pakken. Toch wordt het bewijs voor de werkzaamheid van deze aanpak niet automatisch ingebed in de dagelijkse werkpraktijk van professionals in de gezondheidssector. Een van de factoren waardoor kennis uit onderzoek niet wordt opgenomen ligt besloten in het proces van kennisverwerving en de bruikbaarheid van de kennis, ofwel de “kleeffactor” van onderzoeksresultaten. Dit artikel bouwt voort op het concept van de kleeffactor binnen de context van het monitoren van achterstand en de rol die het monitoren kan spelen in het vinden en toepassen van evidence-based gezondheidsbeleid en interventies op wijkniveau. Het onderzoek is uitgevoerd binnen een breder project, Everybody on Board, dat zich richt op vergroting van de participatie en verbetering van de gezondheid van groepen mensen met een achterstand in een aantal geselecteerde wijken in Rotterdam en Londen. In beide steden zijn interviews afgenomen bij professionals en beleidsmakers in de gezondheidssector om zo het beleid, de congruentie tussen statistische data en het beeld dat de professional van de werkelijkheid heeft, en factoren die hun gebruik van deze data beïnvloeden, in kaart te brengen.
DOI: http://doi.org/10.18352/jsi.357
How to Cite: de la Rie, S. et al., (2013). Neighbourhood deprivation monitoring in Rotterdam and London: exploring barriers to evidence-based policy and practice. Journal of Social Intervention: Theory and Practice. 22(2), pp.93–112. DOI: http://doi.org/10.18352/jsi.357
Published on 17 Jun 2013.
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