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Evaluation of the Cooperative Working Model

Project Director: Professor Paul Hickman
Project Duration: 2015-2018

Stoke-on-Trent City Council is reconfiguring its approach to supporting vulnerable households across the city of Stoke. This study is (principally) concerned with evaluating this new approach, which is called Cooperative Working.

Evaluation of the Tesco Bags of Help community grants programme

Project Director: Dr Will Eadson
Project Duration: 2016-2018

The Tesco Bags of Help community grants programme disburses funds collected through the single-use carrier bag charge in England and Scotland through grants for community organisations to make improvements to public space. This mixed methods evaluation will explore the impact of the grants on people, projects and on perceptions of environmental action and the role of business in environmental enhancement.

Scaling-up Social Lettings: Scope, Impact and barriers

Project Director: Professor Ed Ferrari
Project Duration: 2017-2018

This project will undertake research to understand the scope and scale of the use of Social Lettings Agencies in England. The aim is to understand what SLAs can do to improve the access to, affordability and quality of, and stability in the Private Rented Sector, particularly for households in housing needs or in poverty.

Understanding the mental health needs of homeless people in Nottingham

Project Director: Dr Kesia Reeve
Project Duration: 2016-2018

This study explores the mental health needs and experiences of Nottingham's homeless population, through a survey of homeless people, in-depth interviews with homeless people with mental ill health, and interviews with stakeholders. There is increasing recognition that the mental health needs of homeless people in Nottingham are not being met  and that services could be developed to better meet these needs. The study will make recommendations about how to  improve services in the city.

Evaluation of the More than Food Programme

Project Director: Chris Dayson
Project Duration: 2016-2018

In June 2016 CRESR was appointed to evaluate the 'More than Food' programme on behalf of the Trussell Trust.

The work of the Trussell Trust, a 400-strong network of foodbanks across the UK, has grown in size and prominence as a response to food poverty in post-austerity Britain.

The More Than Food Programme was developed to offer support to clients beyond emergency food provision with the aim of addressing the underlying causes of food poverty and crises within a single community hub.

The programme, which has received funding from a range of sources, including the Big Lottery Fund and Comic Relief, focuses on four main areas:

  • Money management
  • Healthy eating
  • Holiday clubs for families
  • Tackling fuel poverty.

The More Than Food Programme was endorsed in Feeding Britain - the report of the All-Party Parliamentary Inquiry into hunger in the UK. The report recommended a formal roll-out of a 'one stop shop' model of delivery, seeking to address the underlying causes and the symptoms of food poverty 'by providing advice, skills and advocacy services, as well as food and human friendship, under one roof'.

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