How do I read the logic models and associated diagrams?
There is no ‘correct’ answer to this one but we would generally recommend that you start with the high level outcomes and work back to the activities and inputs. This means that, for the logic models, you should be reading from right to left; the outcome triangles and results chains top to bottom. Reading them in this way gives a clearer picture of how the activities and shorter-term outcomes fit into the big picture.
Why is there little or no reference to food-growing/biodiversity/play etc?
The framework indicates the need for the right mix of greenspace and for those spaces to be managed appropriately. This mix will undoubtedly include spaces which are designed and managed for food growing, play etc and spaces where management for biodiversity is a priority. This level of detail will emerge as the generic, national models are tailored to local use. It is our intention, as these tailored models emerge, to expand the online resource to include a wider range of models.
What is the evidence base for the models?
There is a detailed discussion of the evidence (including National Institute of Clinical Evidence guidelines and associated Scottish responses) in the framework document.
The models are described as ‘evidence-informed’ what does this mean?
There is a growing body of evidence of interventions providing or promoting the use of greenspace which have some impact on health and wellbeing. Given the nature of the identification, protection, management and promotion of greenspace and the complexity of such interventions it is difficult to develop evidence to show cause and effect clearly. The logic models, therefore, draw on the available evidence to develop a logical argument for cause and effect (for example, if we have a network of accessible and fit for purpose spaces then these will encourage and support greater use for health promoting activities). As such, the logic models present a logical and strong argument or theory of change informed by the available evidence.
Why is community engagement included throughout these models?
There is significant evidence to show that the level of control that people feel they have over their life circumstances has an the impact on mental health and wellbeing. This supports the argument that using community development and empowerment approaches to greenspace decision making and management will have mental health and wellbeing benefits additional to (and potentially independent of) the benefits accruing from access to quality spaces.