The Women’s Health Improvement Research Project

Participatory action research

The Women’s Health Improvement Research Project (WHIR) is a community led participatory action research project, based in Fife, looking at ways to improve the health and wellbeing of women who have experienced homelessness as a result of domestic or sexual abuse.

The Project is led by a group of women who have experienced homelessness – or been at risk of homelessness as a result of domestic or sexual abuse. As a voluntary community research team they meet weekly to identify the key issues, design and develop the research methods and will analyse and disseminate the findings. This team is supported by staff from Scottish Women’s Aid who provide training, facilitation, support and advice to the research team.
Community based participatory action research enlists those who are most affected by an issue – often in collaboration or partnership with others who have research skills – to conduct research on and analyse that issue, with the aim of identifying solutions to resolve it. As the research is carried out by community members the research issues and results both come from and go directly back to the people who are most directly affected.

The project has been developed in partnership with Fife Domestic and Sexual Abuse Partnership and is funded by the Fife Health and Wellbeing Alliance, Health Inequalities Funding Programme for Community Led Projects. The evaluation of the community led projects by the University of Glasgow can be found here.

Download the report here

If you would like more information about the WHIR Project please contact Cheryl Stewart, Research Worker or Jo Ozga Policy Worker

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On one day in Scotland in 2013, 809 women and 319 children and young people were supported by a Women's Aid group (SWA 2013)


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