Involve residents in the organization of their city. This is at the heart of the "Common Cause" project, which the National Centre of Competence in Research LIVES "Overcoming Vulnerability: Life Course Perspective" is carrying out in collaboration with the City of Chavannes-près-Renens. Indeed, if material security is essential to guarantee a good quality of life, the social environment and the possibility of being an actor in this common life is a determining factor in the psychic and physical health of the population.
Targeting population groups
In order to ensure that community activities meet the real needs of the population, residents actively participate in defining them through discussion groups led by representatives of the Social Cohesion Service of the Commune of Chavannes. These meetings are organised by neighbourhood with local actors (associations, representatives of the authorities, police, etc.). During these exchange sessions, four groups share ideas and points of view about activities that could be carried out, as well as the method used:
- children (0-10 years)
- young people (11-24 years old)
- seniors (55+)
Already during the first meetings, many ideas were brought forward and discussed, such as waste management and the creation of a sports and friendly square. Emmanuelle Anex and Dario Spini, NCCR LIVES researchers involved in this project, had the opportunity to present the Common Cause approach, the accompanying research projects and the specific role of researchers in this approach.
The "Common Cause" project in brief
This intervention and research, co-financed by the State of Vaud and the Leenaards Foundation, aims to test the impact of the social environment on the health of inhabitants. It will be conducted over four years and will comprise three phases:
- establish a diagnosis, in close collaboration with the communal authorities and the population.
- to develop new activities on the basis of the information collected from the population.
- issue recommendations, which may also be useful to other communes and cantons.
Complementary information on the "Cause Commune" project is available on the website of the City of Chavannes.