We map the potential of a project to generate systemic wellbeing in complex environments, identify possible pitfalls, create a framework of tangible targets and indicators, and develop a strategy. 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. We base our work on the Wellbeing Impact Pathway, our unique methodology through which we gain a simultaneously holistic and detailed view of a project, using mixed methods for research and analysisIn collaboration with our client and their team, we tailor our scope of work to generate, monitor and communicate wellbeing impacts across the life span of a project. 


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Our practice

We see people's wellbeing as diverse and multidimensional, embedded in the natural and man-made ecosystem of the city. Our approach focuses on systemic analysis to capture this complexity and shape a strategic response.

Our outputs are ... 

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.

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.

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.

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.