Public involvement (WP4)

WP4 aims to develop creative initiatives (working with members of the public and community partners) to communicate what the health inequalities are that result from living in poor quality urban environments to decision makers.

Co-designed Communication of Health Inequalities through Creative Processes and Public Involvement


The main aim of WP4 is to bridge the gap between the public and urban planning decision-makers by developing creative initiatives which enhance decision-makers’ understanding of the impacts of the urban environment on health and health inequalities.

We also aim to embed public involvement throughout the TRUUD project. We define public involvement as working with the public to design and carry out our research (as opposed to communicating the findings of research to the public or members of the public becoming involved as research participants).


The WP4 team will co-design creative outputs with input from both upstream decision makers and community representatives and organisations. We will ground our work in the principles of good quality involvement practice (see UK Standards for public involvement

The team will work closely with two community based organizations in Manchester and Bristol, Live Well, Make Art (LWMA) and Knowle West Media Centre (KWMC). We are working with these organisations to identify community representatives- initially two- to work with us (see Public Contributors below).

WP4 will follow a process of co-design, working with experienced urban planning decision-makers, groups of residents from Bristol and Manchester, community arts organisations and KWMC and LWMA. Creative initiatives will be developed which convey issues related to the urban environment as experienced by residents affected by health inequalities and also share residents’ aspirations for change. They will be designed in a way which is considered most likely to influence the understanding and behaviour of key players in urban planning. The initiatives will be tested with groups of decision-makers, assessed for their impact on planning activities, and refined as necessary.

A wider remit of WP4 is to ensure that there is strong public involvement throughout the TRUUD project to ensure that:

  • the project is relevant to the concerns of the general public, particularly disadvantaged communities
  • a strong partnership is built with representatives of these communities for the design and development of project interventions
  • project information and outputs are in a format and language which can be accessed and understood by all.

To involve the public in all elements of the TRUUD project we are recruiting and working closely with a team of members of the public (‘public contributors’) who will form a Public Advisory Group, providing input and guidance not only to all of WP4’s activities but all other TRUUD work packages as required. Two members of the Public Advisory Group will also sit on the TRUUD External Advisory Board.


The WP will result in a set of creative initiatives which will be tested and refined. It is envisaged that these will form a model or template which is transferrable to different planning contexts.

We will also produce and test a Quality of Involvement Tool (QUALIT:I) designed to help understand to what degree different key stakeholders, including the public, have been involved in TRUUD, and how this has influenced the project and its outcomes.

WP4 Researchers

  • Andy Gibson
  • Jo White

WP4 Partners

  • Knowle West Media Centre, Bristol
  • Live Well Make Art, Manchester

Public Contributors:

Our Lead public contributors are:

  • Leila Gamaz
  • Victoria Ofovbe

We are currently recruiting a team of public contributors from Bristol and Manchester for our Public Advisory Group.

Looking for more information?

Find out more about knowledge exchange (WP5)