CRESR
CRESR

Vulnerable groups

CRESR has a strong record in delivering research exploring the needs and experiences of vulnerable and 'hard-to-reach' groups. Our research portfolio includes a substantial body of work focused on vulnerable sections of the population, including:

  • homeless people, particularly marginalised subsections of this population, such as those with mental ill health, rough sleepers and the 'hidden homeless'
  • people with multiple or complex needs
  • gypsies and travellers
  • street sex workers
  • offenders

We evaluate the impact of particular interventions on vulnerable groups. For example, we examined the efficacy of family/intensive intervention projects and recently assessed the Yorkshire Prisons ETA scheme. We inform relevant policy through the production of toolkits and guidance for clients, such as for regional planning bodies looking to estimate gypsy and traveller pitch requirements. Two key areas of work involve considering the role and effectiveness of statutory and voluntary sector agencies and assessing how well the policy and legislative framework meets the needs of vulnerable groups.

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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 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'.


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.


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.


Get in touch

For further information please contact Dr Kesia Reeve at k.reeve@shu.ac.uk or call 0114 225 4519,
or Professor Ryan Powell at r.s.powell@shu.ac.uk or call 0114 225 3561.

Key clients

Age UK
Big Lottery Fund
Birmingham City Council
British Red Cross
Church Urban Fund
Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care for South Yorkshire (CLAHRC SY)
Crisis
Department for Work and Pensions
Department of Children School and Families
Developing Initiatives Supporting Communities (DISC)
Glasgow Housing Assocation
Home Office
Joseph Rowntree Foundation
Leeds City Council
National Association for Voluntary and Community Action (NAVCA)
North Lincolnshire Council
Rochdale Metropolitan Borough Council
Scottish Executive
Scottish Government
Small Business Service
South East England Regional Assembly
SOVA
St Basils
Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council
Stoke-on-Trent City Council
The Social Exclusion Unit
Trussell Trust
West Yorkshire Housing Partnership
White Rose Collaboration Fund project
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