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An evaluation of Cash Smart Credit Savvy

Project Director: Jan Gilbertson
Project Duration: 2016-2017

The Church Urban Fund's Cash Smart Credit Savvy project seeks to improve financial capability by offering introductory training around basic budgeting skills and through utilizing existing community links and networks to encourage participation. The use of a cascading model is designed to encourage participants to share knowledge with others and spread important financial capability messages.


Reaching the hardest to reach and highly vulnerable in energy advice and support

Project Director: Aimee Ambrose
Project Duration: 2016-2018

This project will be led by SHU in partnership with Citizens Advice and working with Eon and British Gas as the lead industry partners. It will directly involve (via a Steering Group) 25 representatives from the advice, energy, policy and academic sectors who have never previously been brought together under one initiative. It will also directly engage 40 citizens and potential beneficiaries of the project via two Citizens' Panels.

The UK government is currently carrying out a major overhaul of fuel poverty and energy efficiency policy which is having a profound impact on the advice and energy sectors. Both sectors are expected to be at the forefront of efforts to address fuel poverty and to work together- something they have never done before.

From 2018 onwards, energy companies will be obliged to deliver energy efficiency measures to fuel poor households exclusively. However, the sector has limited experience of identifying, reaching and engaging those most in need of these interventions. There is very little existing knowledge or good practice for either sector to draw on in preparing for the challenges ahead (Ambrose et al, 2016). Acquiring new knowledge on how to successfully engage society's most vulnerable households in energy initiatives will be vital if both sectors are to work together to exploit forthcoming opportunities to engage face to face with every vulnerable and hard to reach household through the smart meter roll-out programme.

The generation of new knowledge, an agreed set of good practice principles and policy recommendations through this project will support the advice and energy sectors and policy makers to meet the challenges ahead. The project will involve an evidence review and primary research with stakeholders and citizens that will yield new insights into what works best for whom and under what circumstances with respect to engaging the most vulnerable and hard to reach.


A service evaluation of Age UK's person centred discharge model

Project Director: Jan Gilbertson
Project Duration: 2017

Age UK is seeking to evaluate its Personalised Integrated Care Programme. This is a flagship programme and is cited as one of Age UK’s key strategic ambitions. This evaluation is concerned with a particular aspect of the Personalise Integrated Care Programme, the Age UK's pathfinder programme for person centred discharge, which supports older people at risk of extended length of stay in hospital. Two approaches to delivery have been developed and the purpose of the evaluation is to test out both approaches. The focus of the evaluation will be to to understand the level to which Age UK have achieved two intended outcomes:  

  • Improved quality of life for older people
  • Improved experience of health and social care for older people and staff.

The evaluation will provide evidence on which approach to delivery results in the best outcomes for older people.  Given the current demands on the health and social care system, evidence which demonstrates whether or not integrated services (such as the Age UK pathfinder project) can reduce or delay hospital admissions and improve outcomes for clients and staff teams is of paramount importance.


Sheffield City Region Talent Match Partnership: New Arrivals Pilot Project (NAPP)

Project Director: Nadia Bashir
Project Duration: 2017-2018

CRESR is evaluating Sheffield Futures’ Big Lottery Funded 'New Arrivals Pilot Project' (NAPP), which targets 18-24 year old Roma young people living in Sheffield. The pilot seeks to provide a bespoke engagement and preparation/assessment service to facilitate the integration of the Roma young people into the Talent Match (employment) programme.


Sanctions, Support and Behaviour Change: Understanding the Role and Impact of Welfare Conditionality

Project Director: Professor Peter Dwyer (University of York) and Professor Del Roy Fletcher (Sheffield Hallam University)
Project Duration: 2013-2017

The use of conditional welfare arrangements that combine elements of sanction and support in order to influence the behaviour of welfare recipients has become an established component of welfare, housing, criminal justice and immigration policies. CRESR at Sheffield Hallam University, in collaboration with Glasgow, Heriot-Watt, Sheffield and York universities, has been awarded an ESRC large grant to conduct a major study on the efficacy and ethicality of conditional welfare policies. This five year project creates a collaborative, international and interdisciplinary focal point for social science research on welfare conditionality by establishing an original and comprehensive evidence base across a range of social policy fields and diverse groups of welfare service users.


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