Well London Programme

MQT on 2014-02-26
Session date: 
February 26, 2014
Question By: 
Andrew Dismore
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


In response to my earlier question about encouraging lesbian, gay and bisexual young people to participate in sport, you referred to the Well London Programme.  Unless efforts to promote healthy living monitor the sexual orientation of participants, we can't know that they are working to help all Londoners. Can you confirm whether the second phase evaluation of the programme will monitor the health outcomes of lesbian, gay and bisexual people and, if not, whether you can ensure that the programme does so in future?


Answer for Well London Programme

Answer for Well London Programme

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The phase two evaluation, led by the University of East London, does not monitor health outcomes of lesbian, gay and bisexual people. UEL deemed that the number of people who identified themselves as LGBT was likely to be so small that this might increase the possibility of their being identified by people other than the researchers (e.g. other Well London participants, project deliverers, volunteers, local residents etc) who read the report. The UEL questionnaire is patterned on the format of the ONS and other national surveys, few of which ask about sexual identity.

The ONS consultation about the inclusion of a question in the 2011 UK Census identified challenges of defining sexual orientation with resulting problems of data quality and accuracy.    Future phases of the Well London programme will review how best to evaluate participation of all equalities groups going forward.