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The SHARP Study: Objectives, Design and Methodology

DescriptionThis report outlines the study objectives, design and methodology for the Scottish Health, Housing and Regeneration Project.
ISBN978 07559 72838
Official Print Publication DateNovember 2008
Website Publication DateNovember 27, 2008

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Mark Petticrew*, Ade Kearns**, Caroline Hoy***,
Marcia Gibson**** and Phil Mason**

* London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, formerly of the
MRC Social and Public Health Sciences Unit, Glasgow
** Department of Urban Studies, University of Glasgow
*** Formerly of the Department of Urban Studies, University of Glasgow
**** MRC Social & Public Health Sciences Unit, Glasgow

Scottish Government Social Research
2008

ISSN 0950 2254
ISBN 978 0 7559 7283 8 (Web only publication)

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CONTENTS

Acknowledgements

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

CHAPTER ONE BACKGROUND
Housing, health and regeneration
Previous research on housing and health
The need for an experimental study
Summary

CHAPTER TWO RESEARCH AIMS AND OBJECTIVES
Housing change and health
Housing outcomes
Health outcomes
Neighbourhood change and health
Health improvement in regeneration areas
Sociodemographic and other data
Summary

CHAPTER THREE STUDY COMPONENTS
Survey methods
Wave 1: Pre-rehousing questionnaire survey
Wave 2: Post-rehousing postal survey
Wave 3: Follow-up questionnaire survey
Qualitative in-depth interviews
Routine data sources
Summary

CHAPTER FOUR SAMPLING AND SURVEY
Scheme selection
Identification of Control Group and matching of households in the 2 study groups
Participant recruitment
Participant retention
Survey management and conduct
Summary

CHAPTER FIVE ACHIEVED SAMPLES
Overall samples
Geographical distribution of the SHARP sample
Housing characteristics of sample
Household characteristics of sample
Respondent demographics
Summary

CHAPTER SIX DATA MANAGEMENT AND STATISTICAL ANALYSES
Data management
Derivation of novel variables
Statistical analyses
Investigating changes in outcomes
Summary

CHAPTER SEVEN QUALITATIVE RESEARCH
Aims of the qualitative research
Post-Wave 2 qualitative research
Post-Wave 3 qualitative research
Limitations
Summary

CHAPTER EIGHT STUDY STRENGTHS AND LIMITATIONS
Strengths of the study
Study limitations
Conclusion
Summary

List of tables
table 5.1: distribution of respondents by unitary authority, for intervention and Control Groups at waves 1 and 3
table 5.2: distribution of households in intervention and control samples by scottish executive urban/rural classification (percentages)
table 5.3: distribution of respondents by social inclusion partnership, for Intervention and Control Groups at waves 1 and 3
table 5.4: distribution of respondents by housing tenure, for intervention and Control Groups at waves 1 and 3 (percentages)
table 5.5: distribution of respondents by dwelling type, for intervention and Control Groups at waves 1 and 3 (percentages)
table 5.6: distribution of respondents by household type, for intervention and Control Groups at waves 1 and 3 (percentages)
table 5.7: distribution of household size by household type, for intervention and Control Groups and waves 1 and 3 (percentages)
table 5.8: sex of respondent by household type, for intervention and control groups (Wave 1)
table 5.9: marital status of respondent by household type, for intervention and Control Groups at Wave 1 (retrospectively)
table 6.1: study group samples by sip status
table 6.2: measure of change (Wave 1 to Wave 3) in sense of community (Intervention Group)
table 7.1: first wave qualitative sample characteristics
table 7.2: qualitative sample target framework
table 7.3: sociodemographic characteristics of the sample

The views expressed in this report are those of the researcher and
do not necessarily represent those of the Department or Scottish Ministers.

This report is available on the Scottish Government Social Research website only
www.scotland.gov.uk/socialresearch.