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: 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: Chris Dayson
Project Duration: 2012-2014
We are supporting Sheffield Family Learning to implement an SROI evaluation of their Big Lottery funded Generation Link Project.
Project Director: Professor Ian Cole
Project Duration: 2011-2013
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.
Project Director: Richard Crisp
Project Duration: 2012-2013
This project will evaluate the impact of 15 projects to promote volunteering that have been funded through the Volunteering for Stronger Communities programme. The Programme aims to use volunteering to improve employability and strengthen in the context of economic uncertainty.
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 involves 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 include secondary data analysis, a survey of residents across the City and in-depth qualitative interviews with a sub-set of residents and key stakeholders.
The project team also includes colleagues from the University of Sheffield.