Capital Investment Health Inequalities Impact Assessment Tool Maximising the health, wellbeing and economic benefits generated by Glasgow City Region’s capital investment programme

  • Led by Glasgow City Region Programme Management Office, with the Glasgow Centre for Population Health as the project’s academic partner.
  • Aiming to address longstanding economic and health inequalities in Glasgow City Region by ensuring that large-scale capital infrastructure projects consider the likely health, wellbeing and inequality outcomes.
  • A ‘Capital Investment Health Inequalities Impact Assessment Tool' will be developed, piloted and integrated into the Glasgow City Region’s decision-making arrangements and governance frameworks.

Glasgow has a long history of economic and health inequality. Life expectancy has stalled in recent years and health inequalities have widened further.

Given that the region’s longstanding health and inequality issues are largely driven by economic factors, it is vital that any large-scale capital investment projects put these issues at the centre of decision-making.

Led by Glasgow City Region Programme Management Office, the project is aiming to ensure that capital investment in the area supports reducing health inequalities and improving health and wellbeing outcomes for people who live and work in the region.

The project will involve developing a ‘Capital Investment Health Inequalities Impact Assessment Tool’. The tool will be tested on a small number of capital projects, including a £9m housing energy retrofit project and the proposed Glasgow Metro project.

After implementing any changes required following learning from the pilot, the tool will be integrated into existing decision-making arrangements and within all governance frameworks, structure and systems. The project team will facilitate the practical and cultural integration of the tool, and any system changes needed to support it. Users will receive training in how to use the tool.

A mixed-methods evaluation will look at how the activities, processes and mechanisms of the project have impacted on and contributed to the project outputs and outcomes.

Learning from the project will be of use to other regions of Scotland and the rest of the UK. Existing networks will be used to disseminate this learning.  

Contact information

For more information about this project, please contact Jane Thompson, Assistant Head of Glasgow City Region City Deal, Glasgow City Council.

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