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Andy Wood

Research Assistant - Health & Wellbeing

I support the evaluation of the multimillion-euro, European Union, Interreg 2Seas funded Step-By-Step Project. My work involves the day to day running of a 3-year health and economic evaluation of a new model of Men’s Shed community groups across the UK, Belgium, France and The Netherlands. The project aims to empower men to move from poor health and or isolation to healthy social participation or active engagement in the labour market through the implementation of a new third generation Men’s Shed delivery model. Day to day responsibilities include designing and piloting data collection tools and methods, liaising with nine project partners and nearly 100 individual Sheds, arranging qualitative and quantitative data collection with participants, organising data analysis protocols, managing a team of researchers, recruiting and training research staff in appropriate evaluation delivery methods, promoting evaluation and overall project via media coverage and conference presentation, presenting evaluation findings to project partners and outside agencies, and ensuring all project deliverables are being met.

Professional

Education:

  • 2014, MSc Sport & Exercise Psychology, University of Chichester (BPS accredited)
  • 2012, BSc Sport & Exercise Psychology, University of Chichester (BPS accredited)
  • 2009, A-Level Physical Education, Psychology, Geography, Bay House Sixth Form

 

Professional activities, roles and memberships:

  • British Psychological Society (BPS) Member​

 

Research

Research Interests:

Previous research activity includes investigating Person Perception; Challenge & Threat States and Sports Performance; and Prospective Memory and Everyday Cognitive Failings. Previous job role of supporting the management of a multimillion-pound regional Wellbeing Programme, called chances4change, enhanced interests in health and wellbeing research. As part of this role, I managed the evaluation of 27 community projects, providing project management support as well as evaluation delivery and analysis. Additionally, I conducted an overall evaluation of the Portsmouth Wellbeing Service as a basis for city-wide implementation. The development of my health research interests encouraged me to implement an evaluation process whilst managing a mental health Wellbeing Centre with Solent Mind, as well as evaluation protocols within the STR support service alongside NHS Adult Mental Health. Since then, my interest in health and wellbeing research has led me back to an academic environment where I believe my skills are most effective.

 

Public engagement:

  • Promoted SBS Project aims and evaluation to attendees via stall at AgeUK IOW ‘Shed Fest’ 2019
  • Presented SBS Project model and evaluation piloting at Public Health England Conference 2019.