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: Aimee Ambrose
Project Duration: 2014
The project seeks to evaluate the impact and effectiveness of the Big Energy Saving Network programme which utilises networks of volunteers to empower vulnerable consumers to engage with the energy market and take up energy efficiency measures.
The project team also includes James Pinder.
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.