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.

Search our work


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).


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'.


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.


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.


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
CLAHRC Yorkshire and Humberside
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
Nottingham City Clinical Commissioning Group
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
Follow us

Bookmark or share this page