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UK Collaborative Centre for Housing Evidence (CaCHE)

Project Director: Ed Ferrari (Co-investigator; Sheffield Hallam University lead) / Ken Gibb (Principal Investigator) (Glasgow University)
Project Duration: 2017-2022

The Collaborative Centre for Housing Evidence (CaCHE) is an independent, multi-disciplinary and multi-sector consortium of academic and non-academic stakeholders. CaCHE is UK-wide in coverage (across all four nations and at different spatial scales within), as well as UK-level in focus. It will advance knowledge and improve the evidence base for both housing policy and practice in all parts of the U.K.

West Yorkshire Finding Independence Evaluation

Project Director: Professor Del Roy Fletcher
Project Duration: 2014-2020

A mixed method evaluation of the West Yorkshire Pilot funded under the auspices of the Big Lottery Fund’s ‘Fulfilling Lives’ programme. The evaluation seeks to explore the implementation of the pilot and investigate its ability to provide an integrated service to those with multiple and complex needs (offending, homelessness, substance misuse and mental health problems).

Evaluation of the Heritage Lottery Fund’s First World War Centenary activities

Project Director: Dr Will Eadson
Project Duration: 2014-2020

Evaluation of the HLF’s grant-making activities aimed at supporting activities by community groups and heritage-based organisations focused on the commemoration of the First World War Centenary.

Evaluation of the British Red Cross First Call Service

Project Director: Ian WIlson
Project Duration: 2017-2020

The overarching aim of the study is to evaluate delivery of the First Call service including its impact on beneficiaries and the volunteers delivering the service. The First Call service aims to deliver low-level support to older people, taking a time-limited and key worker approach to assisting with issues such as social isolation, budgeting, coping with bereavement, moving home and managing ill-health. Red Cross plans to deliver First Call in four areas during the period of the evaluation.

The objectives of the evaluation are to assess

  • if the use of volunteers to deliver services is well defined, clearly active in service delivery and effective in supporting outcomes for service users.
  • the effectiveness of approaches to provide a service to hardest to reach groups and the impact on their outcomes.
  • if service users have increased independence and confidence to manage at home.
  • if service users have improved well-being and increased social connections.
  • if service users have increased sense of security and reassurance.
  • if the service reduced service user demand on statutory services.

Early Action Neighbourhood Fund Evaluation and Learning Contract

Project Director: Sarah Pearson
Project Duration: 2015-2020

The Early Action Neighbourhood Fund (EANF) is an initiative aimed at supporting pilot projects to test early and preventative action in order to develop a better case for prevention and early action among commissioners and funders. The programme is being delivered by a collaboration of funders (the Big Lottery Fund, Comic Relief, Esmee Fairbairn, Barrow Cadbury Trust, Legal Education Foundation), under the banner of the Early Action Funders Alliance.

Three pilot projects have been supported in Phase 1. The evaluation will demonstrate programme effectiveness and identify best practice which can be used by EANF grant holders. It will also evaluate the  effectiveness of programme design and delivery in providing the right conditions to support transformational projects.

The evaluation is using a mixed methods approach including collation and analysis of quantitative project and outcome data, and interviews with stakeholders and beneficiaries.

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