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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'.


Planning hospital discharge to maximise positive experiences and outcomes for frail older people

Project Director: Jan Gilbertson
Project Duration: 2017-2018

The Doncaster Hospital Discharge Pathway study is an in depth qualitative evaluation of two investment areas of the Better Care Fund: the Hospital Discharge Pathway (HDP) and associated discharge pathways. The study follows patients' journeys from hospital discharge in order to track patient and carer experience, impacts and outcomes. It provides a unique insight into what navigating the health and social care system feels like to those who are experiencing it. Detailed case studies and timelines were developed and these are a visual representation of the patient journey. Each timeline contains research derived key messages for the planning and delivery of health and social care services. However, this is not enough to ensure that the evidence gets into policy and practice. The research team have an interest in and experience of doing this and in particular around the use of pen portraits as the means of mobilising knowledge.


The value of small: understanding the distinctive contribution of small and medium sized charities

Project Director: Chris Dayson
Project Duration: 2016-2018

The project is an in-depth study of the role and value of small and medium-sized[1] charities in four case study localities, which aims to build on earlier data analysis and an evidence review commissioned by the Foundation.


Housing+ Evaluation

Project Director: Professor Ed Ferrari
Project Duration: 2016-2018

Housing+ is a new model for delivering an integrated and enhanced housing service to council house customers in Sheffield. The overall aim of this evaluation is to explore whether, and how, the Housing+ service may achieve improvements in health and wellbeing of council housing customers, in comparison to the current service, and identify the associated direct and indirect costs.


Addressing transport barriers to work in low income neighbourhoods

Project Director: Dr Richard Crisp
Project Duration 2017-2018

This research is looking at how transport acts as a barrier to work in low income neighbourhoods, particularly in more peripheral locations. It will use a mixture of mapping and resident interviews to examine employment options and propensity to commute. The findings will be used to develop policy and practice recommendations for overcoming transport-related barriers to work.


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