our practice

The contested nature of the 'wellbeing' concept is a reminder that people and communities value different things in relation to health and happiness. 

We address this diversity by understanding the local context and forging indicators that are congruent with the unique conditions of every project.

Our aim is to recognize people's vulnerabilities and capabilities by tracing the multiple ways in which they apply creativity in their lives, coordinate their use of time, space and resources, and respond to challenges.

In collaboration with our client and their team, we tailor our scope of work to generate, monitor and communicate positive impacts. ForeGrounds brings innovative practices to projects across their life span - from early research, vision and feasibility studies, design briefs and guidelines, impact assessment frameworks and comprehensive strategies - based on the Wellbeing Impact Pathway.   Our services include strategy design, implementation and evaluation, project assessment and advisement, design guideline and brief formation, research and reporting.

our outputs are ... 

02  Integrated, Systemic and Multi-Scalar

  • Focus on the interrelationships between spaces, services, sectors, systems, experiences and wellbeing;

  • Facilitate integrated social, economic and environmental assessment practices and development; 

  • Consider value as a process, created by combining different types of resources over time;

  • Act across scales - including direct users, immediate vicinity, city-level impact and wider.

04  Incremental & Adaptive

  • Create monitoring mechanisms to feed information back into the design and delivery process;

  • Identify critical moments and opportunities to use resources for maximum impact; 

  • Work collaboratively with client, consultant teams and other stakeholders;

  • Merge short-term interventions with long-term vision for increased results and ongoing learning.


03  Multidimensional and Actionable

  • Create bespoke approaches that respond to clients and their project needs;

  • Establish key targets for the project that will yield the greatest wellbeing and sustainability impacts;

  • Define each target impact through tangible indicators and measures.

01  Inclusive & Engaged

  • Use mixed research methods to capture both quantitative and qualitative data to avoid information gaps; 

  • Include immersive and participatory methods to engage communities in placemaking;

  • Foster long-term relationships on the ground that help drive a project forward.