The Data Saves lives project was commissioned by the Health Foundation and lead by the the Health eResearch Centre at the University of Manchester. Macc worked with the University of Manchester, Age UK and Inspiring Communities to run a Community Reporter aspect to the project. The projects aim was to understand how people use technology to support their health and wellbeing.
The Community Reporters trained on these programmes collected stories of how people use technology for their own health and wellbeing. As part of the project, over 40 people aged 55+ were trained and told their own individual stories on health related topics such as measuring blood pressure, testing blood sugar levels, and what they ate. They also explored apps that collect health data and tested equipment such as a Fitbit that keeps a track of how active the user has been or how well the user has slept.
The stories were then used by the Health eResearch Centre to inform their research and provide user perspectives the ways in which technology can support people's health and wellbeing. Two films were also produced using the stories captured by the Community Reporters. These films were shown at the University's seminar - Using digital health technologies for ageing in communities.
Read more about the project, including a diary of what happened at: www.herc.ac.uk/research_project/community-reporters/
We compiled two overall films of the footage the Community Reporters collected across Manchester and Salford:
See the rest of the films from both the Manchester and Salford Community Reporters at: https://communityreporter.net/data-saves-lives
Feedback from the University:
'Thanks so much for this Hannah. It's such a bonus to have the compilations as output of the project. Couldn't have wished for nicer, more easily accessible summaries.' Sabine
'The #datasaveslives Community Reporter scheme has been the first public engagement project I’ve been involved in. We are now roughly half way through, and I am happy to report it is all going very well. ‘Health data’ can seem like an abstract concept, even to a clinician. However, during our first group session at Crossacres on 19th October, all the volunteers quickly picked up on our theme, and shared some really insightful personal stories. The volunteers were then sent out into the community centre to record video interviews with members of the public, using the topic of health data. The results brought us all out in uncontrollable giggles! But there was also some amazingly high quality video content to view.'
Joanne Taylor, University of Manchester