In May the RSS Glasgow Local Group’s hosted a scientific meeting on the evaluation of the impact of the Commonwealth Games entitled ‘Glasgow 2014: Legacy and the Host Community; GoWell East: Studying Change in Glasgow’s East End’ by Ade Kearns, professor of urban studies at the University of Glasgow.
The GoWell East evaluation is part of a larger research initiative designed to examine the effects of the ongoing housing regeneration programme occurring across the city of Glasgow. Professor Kearns gave an absorbing account of the state of the local area which is home to the location of the main stadia and athlete’s village – the east end of Glasgow – covering almost 500 hectares of the city. Relative to expectation, the area is currently less deprived with more private sector housing and a higher proportion of young people.
The evaluation considers the goals of the Games in terms of three legacy domains: economic, sport & physical activity and sustainability & culture, covering some 140 initiatives labelled as being associated with the Games. The tension between delivery and legacy was touched upon. The evaluation regards the Games as a ‘complex intervention’ and takes the form of a quasi-experimental design using data from a range of primary and routine sources. With follow-ups planned beyond the Games event taking place this summer, an array of fascinating results are expected to emerge.