Welcome to the Good from Woods research toolkit. The toolkit is designed to help you do rigorous research into whether your woodland activity has an impact on the health and wellbeing of participants. The toolkit takes you through the whole research process from planning to reporting but you can also use individual elements on their own.
Toolkit index and research process
- Research motivations – questions for you and your organisation to think about before you start your research.
- Good from Woods research case studies – read reports from previous Good from Woods research projects. These include a summary of methods used and evaluation of carrying out research.
- A printable step-by-step guide to planning your research project (pdf) – how to plan your research from start to finish
- Research skills – how to use your existing skills to the full and tips on being aware of bias.
- Research ready checklist (pdf) – check you are ready to start!
- Timesheet template (pdf) – to help you keep track of your time and progress.
- Guide to choosing research methods – questions to help you choose suitable research methods.
- Research methods index – a key to help you select methods to suit your research, linking to in-depth guides for each method and printable templates.
- Guide to research ethics and participant consent – what to consider to ensure ethical research and maintain your participants’ privacy.
- Ethical consent form and information sheet template (pdf)
- Data protection, organisation and storage – how to safely store, label and organise the data/information that you’re collecting and ensure anonymity for participants in line with data protection rules.
- Guide to analysing data – how to make sense and extract meaning from the data you’ve collected.
- Data analysis spreadsheet example (xls) – a template to help you organise and sort through data.
- Wellbeing indicators – a set of indicators devised by Good from Woods to help you find themes in your research data and group positive or negative instances of wellbeing.
- Guide to presenting your findings – how to summarise and report back on your findings.
- Short report template (pdf)
- Presentation plan example (pdf)
- Guide to using your report/findings – how to share findings, report back to your organisation and make recommendations based on your evidence, including guidance on reflecting on the research process.
Using and contributing to the toolkit
If you use the wellbeing indicators described in the toolkit and are happy to share your research findings, the Silvanus Trust would like to use them to build a bigger picture about woodland and wellbeing. Get in touch with Silvanus Trust researchers.
Good from Woods Research Toolkit by Silvanus Trust, Rachel Tomlinson and Nicola Ramsden is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.