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
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.
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).
Project Director: Dr Kesia Reeve
Project Duration: 2013-2016
This project involves CRESR working closely with the Cathedral Archer Project in Sheffield to understand the impact of an innovative project to support rough sleepers. The project involves helping to establish a monitoring system, evaluating impact on the clients of the project and understanding how the coordinated service model piloted by this project can be improved. Both the evaluation and the innovative initiative of Cathedral Archer Project are being funded by the Lankelly Chase Foundation.
Project Director: Dr Richard Crisp
Project Diration: 2014-2015
It is increasingly recognised that measures of economic growth such as gross value added (GVA) fail to capture the nature and distributional outcomes of growth. This is significant as growth may not necessarily benefit households living in poverty. This research will address this by developing a framework of indicators to capture the complex and changing relationship between poverty and growth. It will help identify the extent of ‘inclusive growth’ in Britain’s cities and city-regions.
Project Director: Jan Gilbertson
Project Duration: 2014-2015
Condensation and mould is an increasing problem in social housing and the private rented sector and will worsen as fuel poverty levels rise and as more poorly installed energy efficient improvements are made to properties without allowing for removing ‘cold bridges’ and offering appropriate ventilation measures.
This project is examining how the problem of condensation can be effectively reduced in social housing properties in Rotherham. The project involves focus groups with tenants, council staff and members to explore their understanding, perceptions and experience of the problem and dealing with it. The study will monitor 20 intervention properties which will receive improved ventilation systems and ten control properties and conduct household questionnaires and in depth interviews with tenants.
The project team also includes Catherine Homer and Anna Cronin de Chavez (Centre for Health and Social Care Research, Sheffield Hallam University).
Project Director: Sarah Pearson
Project Dates: 2014-2015
This project comprises a process and impact evaluation of the Stockport Targeted Prevention Programme. The programme is seeking to develop local capacity to increase the role of volunteers within the delivery of services to people with long term conditions, which support them to stay healthy and independent.
The evaluation will employ a range of research methods to gather qualitative and quantitative data to address a number of questions: What impact has the programme had on people in Stockport with long term conditions? What is working well? What isn’t working well? What are the reasons for this?