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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Evaluation of Measures to Change Housing Benefit and Local Housing Allowances in the Private Rented Sector in the UK

Project Director: Professor Ian Cole
Project Duration: 2011-2014

To monitor the impact of the changes to Housing Benefit and Local Housing Allowances in the private rented sector introduced by the government in 2010.


Impact evaluation of the Volunteer for Stronger Communities project

Project Director: Richard Crisp
Project Duration: 2012-2013

This project evaluated the impact of 15 projects to promote volunteering that were funded through the Volunteering for Stronger Communities programme. The Programme used volunteering to help improve employability and strengthen in the context of economic uncertainty.


Sheffield Strategic Housing Market Assessment

Project Director: Ryan Powell (CRESR) and Ed Ferrari (University of Sheffield)
Project Duration: 2013

This research represents a comprehensive assessment of the Sheffield housing market focusing on the housing needs of the City and its residents in terms of the demand and supply of suitable accommodation over the next five years. The research involved both quantitative and qualitative research techniques in quantifying housing need, capturing change in the local and sub-regional context and understanding the perspectives and needs of residents and stakeholders. Specific tasks included secondary data analysis, a survey of residents across the City and in-depth qualitative interviews with a sub-set of residents and key stakeholders.


Collating and targeting evidence to achieve domains in the Public Health Outcomes Framework: How to reduce fuel poverty, excess winter death and illness

Project Director: Professor Angela Tod
Project Dates: 2012-2013

To develop a methodology for implementing public health evidence/ knowledge into policy and practice across new public health sectors and partners in order to achieve key public health outcomes for a defined population.  In the first instance, we focus on excess winter deaths and fuel poverty outcomes in the Public Health Outcomes Framework.


Evaluation Youth Facilities (MyPlace)

Project Director: Sarah Pearson
Project Duration: 2011-2013

An evaluation of the impact of Myplace centres on outcomes for young people and their communities. The evaluation used quantitative and qualitative evidence to identify the range and diversity of youth facilities; the types of young people accessing them and the extent to which they were engaging in the full range of services; an analysis of the costs and benefits associated with the youth facilities and an assessment of the value for money offered by the programme; an analysis of the income generation and financial sustainability of the youth facilities.


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
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