Sharing all the latest news and views from across the ActEarly teams
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Issue 2 – February 2022
Improving our two-way communications
HELLO AND WELCOME to the second edition of AntennAE, a new e-bulletin to keep everyone involved with ActEarly up-to-date with all our latest news. We have fellow researchers, exploring the complexities of ant communication, to thank for its title. It was they who discovered that ants not only pick up information through their antennae but also use them to convey social signals. It was the first time antennae have been found to be a two-way communication device, rather than just a receptor. So we very much hope that as well reading our news, you will share your updates too – and contribute to our future success. 
Please email with your news, stories, events and notices by the last Friday of the month at 12 noon.

Upcoming opportunities

Diary dates

WEDNESDAY February 9th – Methods Club. Guest speaker is Prof David Byrne, from Durham University presenting on 'Using exploratory qualitative comparative analysis (QCA) to explore what HAS worked when and where'. Click here to reserve your place.

Save the date

WEDNESDAY March 9th – Methods Club. Guest speakers are Dr James Nobles (University of Bristol) and Dr Jennifer Hall (BIHR) who will be talking about 'Ripple effects mapping'. More to follow on our website.
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Meet the team

SAY hello to Aase Villadsen who has recently started working with ActEarly. Aase is a Research Associate based at the Centre for Longitudinal Studies at UCL. She has a PhD from Oxford University in Social Intervention, and a background in Sociology. Her role on the ActEarly project is related to the modelling of long-term outcomes of interventions by using external datasets for the exploration of relationships between predictors in early life and outcomes later in life. Aase has worked extensively with data from UK longitudinal cohort-studies, especially in relations to family factors associated with child and adolescent mental health and associated outcomes. Previous research roles include the area of developmental criminology and parenting intervention evaluation. 
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Liveable streets, Tower Hamlets

ActEarly have been working closely with Tower Hamlets Local Authority to evaluate 3 liveable streets schemes in the borough. The evaluation hopes to gather valuable insights into the impacts of Liveable Streets interventions (or lack of) on residents experiences of place, their health, wellbeing and travel behaviours. Some of the schemes have been reviewed due to some of the unintended impacts that the interventions have had on local residents (read more here) and these changes will now be incorporated into the ActEarly evaluation of the scheme.
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Bradford pupils to take part in 'most important health research study of their generation' 

A major new study in Bradford has been launched this week capturing the journey from adolescence into adulthood of up to 30,000 Bradford schoolchildren. The Bradford Institute for Health Research (BIHR), has secured £7m from the Wellcome Trust to deliver a seven-year project, called Age of Wonder.

The rich and unique information collected from over 30,000 young people in Bradford will help inform our ActEarly work so that we can make a real difference to the lives and opportunities of everyone growing up in the city - young Citizen Scientists will help us prioritise what matters most to them, and will work alongside us to co-produce our interventions and evaluations and help us share what we learn with other young people across the UK.

Clean air zone, Bradford

Pollution is one of the major causes of death globally and a key factor in the risk of chronic diseases. Children and the Elderly are most at risk from pollutions harmful effects.  In March 2022, Bradford will implement a clean air zone as part of the Bradford Clean Air plan in the city and the ActEarly healthy places team will be evaluating its impact. In a new project funded by the National Institute for Health Research Public Research Board, 200 school children in 12 schools across the city will measure air quality around their schools, and on their daily commute to school. The information collected will be used to see if air quality improves as a result of the clean air plan, but also to inspire and inform young people across the city.  We hope that the findings will help us understand how we can best implement solutions to improve air quality at a city level. You can find out more about the study here.

Have we got research news for you!

Here is a small snapshot of our recent academic outputs:

The social determinants of health and inequalities in child health
Read more

Summary of discussions from our November 2021 ActEarly workshop
Read more
The impact of covid on society and social research 
Watch the recording

'When will this end? Will it end?’ The impact of the March–June 2020 UK COVID-19 lockdown response on mental health: a longitudinal survey of mothers in the Born in Bradford study
Read More

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ActEarly are working with local communities, local authorities and other national organisations to understand how we can help families live healthier and more active lives.

This work was supported by the UK Prevention Research Partnership, an initiative funded by UK Research and Innovation Councils, the Department of Health and Social Care (England) and the UK devolved administrations, and leading health research charities. Read more
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