What have we learned from working together?
From the outset, our focus as a group has been to work collaboratively to bring together what we understand about the cost-of-living increases.
We’ve benefitted from working alongside one another, creating an open environment where people feel able to share, learn, listen, and support each another with ideas and thinking.
The group has grown organically over time. Starting off smaller in number but, as word about the group has spread, we’ve grown and we continue to welcome new members.
It sounds simple, but setting up a dedicated Teams channel has enabled us to bring new members up to speed as they join and allows us to communicate with one another regularly, between meetings.
Bringing together a broad range of people from a variety of organisations has helped us establish an overall view of what we know, spot gaps in our understanding quickly and draw upon our collective expertise to fill them.
Another strength of the group has been our ability to share information and learning across a wide network of people, quickly – answering questions like; to what extent is the context changing? How are people feeling? What can we learn and share about how organisations are responding?
One of our next steps as a group is to work with Sheffield Hallam University to bring together and consolidate our collective research and insight.
This is in order to create a central story, focussed on the cost of living, which can be accessed and shared by sport and physical activity organisations and groups.
This will be available in spring/summer 2023. If you are a System Partner and would like to learn more about the Cost of Living Insight and Research Group, please e-mail me.
*when compared to NET adults and other subgroups.