The INHERIT Model is a tool to help systemic thinking for integrated governance. It helps understand how multiple drivers impact on the environment, both “here and now” in the places in which we live, and “there and then”, in the broader ecosystem and on future generations. The model highlights that this environmental impact ultimately affects our health and wellbeing, and levels of inequality. The Behaviour Change Wheel, at the heart of the model, emphasises the role of human behaviour in relation to these concepts.
The INHERIT Model includes (1) an integrated conceptual framework, including an analytical model, a governance model and an action and evaluation model (2) a set of qualitative and quantitative indicators and (3) a set of health, environment and social impact assessment tools and cost-effectiveness methods.
The model provides the building blocks for all research strands throughout the INHERIT project. More generally, it can foster dialogue across sectors of how interventions can meet multiple societal goals, in line with the Sustainable Development Goals. It can guide intersectoral action by helping to screen for unintended consequences on health and health inequalities and fostering opportunities to improve environmental sustainability, health and health equity – achieving a “triple-win”.
The short video above provides more information on the model. More details can also be found in an explanatory article, which includes an example of how the model works in practice.