Community Group Model Building as a Method for Engaging Participants and Mobilising Action in Public Health

Show simple item record Gerritsen, Sarah en Harre, S en Rees, D en Renker-Darby, Ana en Bartos, Ann en Waterlander, WE en Swinburn, Boyd en 2020-06-15T22:53:42Z en 2020-05-15 en
dc.identifier.citation International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 17(10):3457 15 May 2020 en
dc.identifier.issn 1660-4601 en
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dc.description.abstract Group model building (GMB) is a qualitative method aimed at engaging stakeholders to collectively consider the causes of complex problems. Tackling inequities in community nutrition is one such complex problem, as the causes are driven by a variety of interactions between individual factors, social structures, local environments and the global food system. This methods paper describes a GMB process that utilises three system mapping tools in a study with members of a multicultural, low-income community to explore declining fruit and vegetable intake in children. The tools were: 1) graphs over time, which captures the community’s understanding of an issue; 2) cognitive mapping, which enables participants to think systemically about the causes and consequences of the issue; 3) causal loop diagrams, which describe feedback loops that reinforce the issue and identify potential actions. Cognitive mapping, a tool not usually associated with GMB, was added to the research process to support the gradual development of participants’ thinking and develops the skills needed to tackle an issue from a systems perspective. We evaluate the benefits and impact of these three tools, particularly in engaging participants and increasing understanding of systems thinking in order to develop and mobilise action. The tools could be adapted for use in other community-based research projects. Key learnings were the value of genuine partnership with a local organisation for longevity of the project, recruitment of key decisionmakers from the community early in the process, and allowing time to create sustainable change. en
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dc.relation.ispartofseries International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health en
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dc.title Community Group Model Building as a Method for Engaging Participants and Mobilising Action in Public Health en
dc.type Journal Article en
dc.identifier.doi 10.3390/ijerph17103457 en
pubs.issue 10 en
pubs.volume 17 en
dc.rights.holder Copyright: The author en en
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pubs.subtype Article en
pubs.elements-id 801934 en Medical and Health Sciences en Population Health en Epidemiology & Biostatistics en Social & Community Health en Science en School of Environment en
pubs.number 3457 en
pubs.record-created-at-source-date 2020-05-19 en 2020-05-15 en
pubs.dimensions-id 32429183 en

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