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Apprenticeship Levy and Youth Employment: an opportunity for social investment

Project Director: Professor Peter Wells
Project Duration: 2017-2018

The Apprenticeship Levy came into effect in England in April 2017. It is intended to provide a substantial boost to skills development and to partly address the productivity gap. The government has also announced additional incentives (through Employers NI reductions) to encourage businesses to recruit groups who traditionally struggle to enter sustainable employment.


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.


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

Project Director: Jan Gilbertson
Project Duration: 2017

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


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

Project Director: Nadia Bashir
Project Duration: 2017-2018

CRESR evaluated the Sheffield Futures’ Big Lottery Funded 'New Arrivals Pilot Project' (NAPP), which targeted 18-24 year old Roma young people living in Sheffield. The pilot provided 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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