The Alliance for Useful Evidence

The Alliance for Useful Evidence  provides a focal point for improving and extending the use of social research and evidence in the UK, and has just gone into its second year of existence.  Membership is free upon registration. The website contains links to additional information and to publications. Find out more and register at  http://www.alliance4usefulevidence.org/

Disabled children are more likely to be born into disadvantage, new research suggests

Research is being carried out by the Centre for Longitudinal Studies (CLS), the National Children’s Bureau, and the Council for Disable Children.  More information is available on the CLS website.

Home Office action plan to end violence against women and girls

The Home Office has written an updated report which sets out its  plans to end violence against women and girls. This updates the report from 2012. The report is available on the Home Office website at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/ending-violence-against-women-and-girls-action-plan-2013

Reactions to the impact of the changes in benefits

Various reports and commentaries have been published reacting to the changes in benefits.  Here are a few:

The Joseph Rowntree Foundation http://www.jrf.org.uk/publications/impact-localising-council-tax-benefit

New Policy Institute http://www.npi.org.uk/files/New%20Policy%20Institute/BlackApril.pdf

BBC http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-your-money-12205459

 

Improving the health of the nation infographics

The King’s Fund has produced a set of slides which highlight “some of the most striking statistics in public health, health inequalities and mental health and how these are changing over time” [taken from the website].  These can be downloaded from the King’s Fund website at http://www.kingsfund.org.uk/time-to-think-differently/audio-video/improving-health-nation-infographics

New boost to help Britain’s most vulnerable young adults and the homeless

The Cabinet Office has announced plans to pump cash into a radical approach to support teenagers who are at risk of going into care.  Two Social Impact Bonds will be introduced to raise funding for supportive projects.  More information can be found on the Cabinet Office website at http://tinyurl.com/cpw82kx .

Evidence and practice review of support for victims and outcome measurement

This research for the Ministry of Justice “reviewed current practice and existing evidence on victims’ support needs, outcome measurement and quality assurance in the victim support sector.

A literature review of current research, interviews with experts in the field, case studies of victim support service providers and a findings workshop provided the results for the review. The research found that the needs of victims are complex, dynamic and wide ranging, and the support service sector is diverse. Current practice in measuring outcomes that providers aim to achieve for victims and approaches to quality assurance within the sector varied considerably; this has implications for outcome-focused commissioning.” [taken from the website]. Read the full report on the Ministry of Justice website.