Produced in partnership with What Works Centre for Wellbeing, this New Local report reviews the evidence related to community agency, control and power and their effects on community wellbeing.
It identifies several common features that influence collective agency, control and power at the community level:
- Opportunities for community connections
- Ability to make decisions
- Maturity of community agency, including existing relationships
The research provides good indication that improved community agency and control can lead to improved community wellbeing. This research can be used to shape further research and policymaking, as well as guide funding decisions and practitioner activity.