research design

Data use in voluntary and community organisations

This study assesses the need and demand within voluntary and community organisations (VCOs) for relevant, analysed and well-presented data to support their work tackling poverty. The poverty agenda has shifted away from ‘top-down’ action by central government towards the engagement of local voluntary and community organisations. As small, independent groups with their own ideas about tackling poverty, VCOs represent a powerful, ‘bottom-up’ approach.

Older people ‘getting things done’: Involvement in policy and planning initiatives

The involvement of older people in planning and evaluating services is high on the agenda for many organisations. Using different case studies, this report: maps out the ways in which older people got involved, offering ideas for other organisations and for older people themselves; explores the key issues that need consideration; draws out good practice from the schemes studied; highlights how older people took part because they wanted to make a difference, not just as a way to pass the time.

Pathways to work from incapacity benefits: a study of referral practices and liaison between Jobcentre Plus advisers and service providers

This report presents findings from a qualitative research project carried out as part of a wider evaluation of Jobcentre Plus Pathways to Work. The study was conducted in 2007 and 2008 to explore referral practices and liaison amongst Jobcentre Plus staff and service providers involved in helping incapacity benefits recipients move towards, and into, paid employment. The study was led by the Social Policy Research Unit at the University of York in collaboration with the Policy Studies Institute and the National Centre for Social Research.

Delivering Succession Strategies

This research reviews the experiences of case study partnerships in developing appropriate arrangements for succession. This report sits alongside other strands of NDC National Evaluation research,including practice studies on ‘Working with Local Strategic Partnerships and Local Area Agreements’, ‘Community Elections’, and case study research on community engagement in NDCs.

Supporting local information and research: Understanding demand and improving capacity

This review intends to understand how to strengthen support to local partners in using local information and research in decision-making. The investigation has probed the following questions: what are the sources of demand for local information and research?; how is research carried out locally?; how is local information and analysis currently supported by national, regional and sub-regional organisations? This report includes recommendations for national, regional, and local organisations for strengthening support for local partners.

Delivering Prevent - Responding To Learning

This document provides an overview of how Prevent is responding to recent learning and research exercises into the local delivery of Prevent.

Web Center for Social Research Methods

This remarkable collection of material has been put together by Professor Trochim of the Department of Policy Analysis and Management, Cornell University. In his own words 'this website is for people involved in applied social research and evaluation'.

The Suffolk extra care/dementia management guide

This document details the additional design criteria, social activities, care and support services to be provided in very sheltered housing schemes offering accommodation to older people living with dementia. Issues covered include personal care, medication, staffing, quality of life, involvement with the community, and building design.

Assessing demand for childcare: toolkit for conducting research

Resource produced by the DCSF to assist local authorities with their statutory duty to carry out research in order to assess parental demand for childcare in their area.

Programmes to promote employment for disabled people: lessons from the United States

Report that reviews evaluation findings from the US experience in providing return-to-work supports for people with disabilities and discusses the implications for similar efforts in the UK.

It provides lessons for developing and evaluating future UK employment initiatives, especially for people with severe psychiatric conditions and long-term disability claimants.