About ORiEL

ORiEL (Olympic Regeneration in East London) is a school-based study of young people that seeks to provide insights into many aspects of health and well-being in East London. In addition to the information given to us by the children, we have been surveying over 1000 parents and carers to find out how the changes in your neighbourhood have been affecting you.

We are interested what you, as a resident of East London, can tell us about the impact the Olympics has had on your health, wellbeing and the amount of physical activity you do. In addition we are interested in your economic wellbeing – has the Olympic redevelopment brought you more job opportunities, for example.

Who is taking part?

We have surveyed 3,100 young people from 25 schools in the London boroughs of Newham, Barking and Dagenham, Tower Hamlets and Hackney. We are surveying them three times in total, once before the Olympics and twice afterwards, in order to see how things have changed before and after the event. Over 1,250 parents took part in our survey and we really appreciate all the time and effort you have put.

If your child has taken part in the survey at school it does not mean that you must take part as their parent or carer, but if you are willing to, and have the time, then we would be very grateful as it will be very beneficial to our research.

What does the survey involve?

For your child:

Young people taking part will undertake a questionnaire and have their height and weight measured within class time. A consent form is sent home to you giving you the opportunity to “opt out” if you do not wish for your child to take part. In class the child can opt out if they do not wish to complete the survey for some reason. Any child that does the survey has no obligation to complete all the questions, nor do they have to have their height and weight taken if they do not want to.

For you:

Our colleagues from BMG, a social research company, conduct the parent and carer interviews at your home, and will send you a letter with information. If you take part in the parent survey your answers will be strictly confidential. Similarly, you cannot know your child’s answers. If you do not wish to take part, all you have to do is tell them so.

Why is ORiEL important?

The information collected will help the UK government, your local council, researchers and others to understand how major events, like the Olympic and Paralympic Games can be designed to be of greatest benefit to the host nation and host city. This will mean that future events can be designed to be even better for the health and wellbeing of communities.

What did we find?

Have a look at our findings page to see what we have found so far.