Impact & Engagement

‘A Space for Sharing’ play

As part of the 2016 Festival of the Mind in Sheffield we worked with a local theatre company, Dead Earnest Theatre, to develop a play, called “A Space for Sharing” based on the findings from our research on the “A Shared Space and a Space for Sharing” project. The play explores the experiences of five women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer and how they use an online discussion forum to share information, their experiences and emotions relating to their experiences. After the performance we had a very interesting and informative discussion with the audience about the issues that were raised in the play. The play will also be performed as part of the Dying Matters Awareness week on 8th May 217 and during the end of project conference for the “A Shared Space and a Space for Sharing” project.

Space for Sharing Play Space for Sharing Play

A Shared Space and a Space for Sharing project exhibition

During 2016, we worked with Sheffield-based professional photographer, Anton Want, to develop a photographic exhibition depicting images of people representing the six work packages in the ‘A Shared Space and a Space for Sharing’ project. The exhibition was displayed in displayed in the Winter Gardens during the ESRC festival of Social Sciences in November 2016. The exhibition is now going on tour and will be displayed in different cities throughout the country.

S4S Winter Gardens S4S Winter Gardens

Space for Sharing stakeholder workshop

In November 2015, as part of the ESRC Festival of Social Science, we organized a workshop with the Tinder foundation (now called Good Things Foundation) for stake-holders interested in the research we are undertaking at Sheffield as part of the ‘A Shared Space and a Space for Sharing’ project. Further details about the workshop can be found here.

S4S Stakeholders Workshop S4S Stakeholders Workshop

Space for Sharing public talk and discussion

In November 2015, as part of the ESRC Festival of Social Science, we arranged a discussion at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield to talk about our research on the ‘A Shared Space and a Space for Sharing’ project.

S4S Crucible S4S Crucible

Motor Neurone Disease Association annual conference

In November 2015 and December 2016, we presented posters of the work undertaken in Sheffield as part of the “A Shared Space and a Space for Sharing” project at the Motor Neurone Disease Association conference. The conference has given us the opportunity to share our findings with doctors, nurses and information professionals who support people with Motor Neurone Disease, as well as with patients themselves. A copy of the posters and the abstract of the work can be found here.

Trust Scale

Dr Laura Sbaffi developed a trust scale to assess how people trust online health information, and this scale has now been made part of the curriculum for undergraduate nursing students in the BSc Nursing degree programme at Trinity Western University, Canada. The scale helps students to build their competency to appraise the quality of online health information as part of their maternity course.