Operationalizing the Theory of Social Quality

Theoretical and Experiential Reflections from the Development and Implementation of a Public Health Programme in the UK

in Volume 6 (2006): Issue 2 (Nov 2006): Social Quality and Modern Public Health: Developing a Framework for the 21st Century. Guest Editor: Paul Ward

The main purpose of this short paper is to provide reflections on the potential to operationalise the Theory of Social Quality within public health and also on its utility for both public health policy and practice. In addition, we outline the inter-relationships between the theory of social quality and other areas of social theory and social policy. We do not attempt to provide a wide ranging or in-depth critique of social quality as it applies across the board in public health. Rather, we wish to provide an outline of a public health programme (or set of integrated interventions) which is currently running in a location in the UK (called Fit for the Future), and show how the different domains inherent within social quality may be operationalised.