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State of the Voluntary, Community and Enterprise Sector in Greater Manchester

Project Director: Elizabeth Sanderson
Project Duration: 2016-2017

The main objective of the research is to provide Salford CVS and their partners with a better understanding of the Greater Manchester Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise Sector. The research will provide a comprehensive overview of the sector in Greater Manchester in 2016 which partners will be able to draw upon to help inform actions, exploit opportunities and shape relationships going forward.


The Positive Pathway Model: A Rapid Evaluation of its Impact

Project Director: Dr Stephen Green
Project Duration: 2016-2017

This report presents the key findings from a rapid evaluation of the impact of the St Basils 'Positive Pathway' accommodation and support model for young people. The Positive Pathway Model aims to 'help public service commissioners and providers of services to work together in planning and delivering services for young people recognising that safe, decent and affordable housing underpins achievement of other positive outcomes – whether these relate to education, training, employment, health, or safer communities’. The evaluation was commissioned by St Basils and conducted by the Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research (CRESR) at Sheffield Hallam University. The funders of the model, the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG), requested a rapid evaluation to understand more about the model's impact within English local authorities. This report is the main output from this rapid evaluation, and aims to provide St Basils, DCLG, and their partners with a better understanding of the impact and traction that the Positive Pathway Model is having within local authorities and the effectiveness of St Basils' efforts to promote it. Based on these findings, the report makes recommendations with a view to supporting further development and refinement of the model. 


Profits before Volume? Major housebuilders and the crisis of housing supply

Project Director: Professor Ian Cole
Project Duration: 2016

As the level of housebuilding in UK has continued to fall short of the required numbers, this project explored the activities and financial performance of the UK’s biggest private housebuilding firms.  Expanding on a 2014 study which looked at housebuilding in an age of austerity, this research was commissioned internally by Sheffield Hallam University. It identifies concentrations in the housebuilding market, the factors shaping housebuilder behaviour, and the focus of the biggest firms on maximising profit over the volume of houses built.  The study argues for measures which facilitate development by non-profit bodies, such as local authorities, housing associations and community-led organisations.


Tackling poverty through housing and planning policy in city regions

Project Director: Dr Richard Crisp
Project Duration: 2015-2016

This project will look at the potential to to embed poverty reduction, affordable housing and inclusive growth in housing and planning policy at the city-regional level in England. It will undertake interviews and workshops with housing and planning experts to identify the extent to which housing and planning policies can be orientated to supporting households on low incomes.


Learning the lessons from the Voluntary right-to-buy pilots

Project Director: Professor Ian Cole
Project Duration: 2016

The aim of the project is to learn lessons from the pilot programme of the Voluntary Right to Buy (VRtB) scheme for housing associations in order to inform the successful implementation of the wider programme across the housing association sector. This will be achieved through analysis of management and administrative data, qualitative evidence from professionals involved with the five pilot case studies and tenants who have expressed an interest in the scheme, as well as a survey of households who have applied for VRtB in each pilot.


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