A wide range of qualitative methods is available to provide evidence of people’s lived experience of food environments, including in-depth interviews, photo elicitation, go-along tours, community observation, group model building, and co-design methodologies. Each method has different potential for gaining insights into how people interact with food environments.
Despite the potential of these methods to generate evidence to inform more
equitable, effective policies, the amount of research conducted using these methods remains modest compared to quantitative studies of food environments. Policy-makers should pay more attention to the evidence generated by lived experience research while also generating demand for it to inform their nutrition and health policies.
Considerably more effort is needed to translate findings of lived experience research into concrete policy recommendations, and communicate them to decision-makers effectively. Researchers should engage directly with policy-makers to design and communicate lived experience studies to directly inform more effective and equitable policies.
|Place of Publication||London|
|Publisher||Centre for Food Policy, City, University of London|
|Number of pages||18|
|Publication status||Published - Feb 2021|
- Food environments
- health and wellbeing
- Dietary behaviour