There has been a clear ask for action, from people across Greater Manchester (GM) and we’ve seen that how we make things happen, is as important as what we do.
The evaluation and evidence work that has taken place over the past four years is helping to make the less visible and tangible changes more observable. Understanding what makes change happen in complex circumstances is critical to take us forward together. Together we have made good progress in our understanding, but there is a still a way to go. Learning about what makes change happen matters to GM Moving. It also matters to our broader GM mission for public service reform and health transformation.
We will continue to learn, adapt and share as we go as we seek to accelerate progress for more active lives and good lives for all.
The following core principles have emerged as the bedrock of the GM Moving approach.
Understanding what makes change happen in complex systems is critical to take us forward together. The GM Moving evaluation and evidence work that has taken place over the past four years is helping to make the less visible and tangible changes more observable. Together, we have made good progress in our understanding, but there is a still a way to go. Learning about the enablers of change matters to GM Moving. It also matters to our broader Greater Manchester mission for public service reform and health transformation.
We use a range of models and frameworks to help guide our work, building on existing evidence. These can be used in combination or isolation, depending on the context. They are not prescriptive, how we use them is guided by our core principles.
We know that telling people or ‘encouraging’ them to move more, telling them that it is good for them, is not in itself going to make the change. There’s also no silver bullet to increase activity levels and reduce inequalities. We therefore take a whole system approach, working together to align all of the key influences on whether or not someone is active. The socio-ecological model helps us to do that, guiding us through the multiple layers that make up the system and influence how much we move. Learn more about our whole system work here.
The following pointers for practice continue to serve as a guide for us all in the various roles we play as part of the GM Moving movement. They support whole system working and change - helping us all to lead through challenging and complex problems.
Developed through evaluation and experience of working and leading in GM Moving, the pointers are to be shared, used, refined, developed and reflected upon, in GM Moving, across other parts of Greater Manchester and by people working in complex systems in other places. They are very big lessons and we need to constantly revisit them. They are not easy. They are easy to pay lip service to but not easy to live by.
As we take an insight led, person centred approach to GM Moving, understanding differences in capability, motivation and opportunity is critical - across the population and within and between target audiences. We know that telling people or ‘encouraging’ them to move more, telling them that it is good for them, is not in itself going to make the change – wider system change and cultural change is needed as part of our whole system approach.
The enablers for change are conditions we’ve learnt need to be in place to create system change, culture change and behaviour change to facilitate active lives.
They help us to understand, plan and guide our work in a joined-up way to create changes that enable active lives. The more people that work to embed the enablers for change in their work, the more detailed and likely understanding we will have about how we create system change.