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Oxfam and DWP Livelihoods Training Evaluation

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Dr Lisa Scullion and Dr Mark Wilding are leading an evaluation for Oxfam Wales and the DWP of their innovative Livelihoods Training Project.  The overall aim of the Livelihoods Project is to embed understandings of poverty within the DWP service across Wales, to enable DWP staff to better understand the needs of service users, and consequently be better placed to provide appropriate support and solutions to meet their needs. It is hoped that this more personalised approach will reduce the need for sanctions and improve outcomes in terms of sustainable employment.

Lisa and Mark will be leading a mixed methods evaluation over a 12 month period involving analysis of existing project data, surveys of staff and service users and qualitative case studies in selected geographical areas. The evaluation sits within SHUSUs dedicated Work and Welfare work stream, and builds on Lisa’s involvement in a large ESRC funded project focusing on Welfare Conditionality. Lisa said:

“This represents an exciting new partnership for SHUSU but is also a recognition not only of our expertise in relation to evaluation methods, but also our expertise in relation to welfare reform and the evolving welfare agenda. The Welfare Conditionality project has found that the support provided to benefit claimants is often very limited and unable to meet the varied and sometimes complex needs of some claimants. We are therefore really pleased to be involved in a project that aims to improve the experiences of claimants”.


Salford Researchers – Benefits Sanctions have ‘profoundly negative consequences’

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University of Salford researchers working on a national study say the system of sanctions and support integral to much UK welfare have left some resorting to crime and using food banks.

The Salford academics are partners in the Welfare Conditionality: Sanctions, Support and Behaviour Change research project, a collaboration between six UK universities: University of York, University of Glasgow, Heriot Watt University, Sheffield Hallam University, the University of Sheffield and the University of Salford.

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Funding secured to evaluate services for homeless and vulnerable people

manDr Lisa Scullion at the Sustainable Housing & Urban Studies Unit (SHUSU) has been successful in securing funding to evaluate services for homeless and vulnerable people for Riverside Derby and Justlife.

The Riverside project represents the continuation of an existing relationship with the organisation established through a number of previous projects. Riverside are one of the leading registered providers of social housing in the UK and our evaluation focuses specifically on the effectiveness of their current supported housing services in Derby from the perspective of both service users and service providers. Read more…..