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Long Term Outcomes of Housing Support Research Study (research consultancy)

Purpose

The London Borough of Brent commissioned research into the longer term outcomes for service users of its housing related support services, and how they managed once the support service had ended. The initial research study was undertaken by Sitra (an organisation working in the field of housing with care and support) in partnership with LIFT (a user-led organisation working with homeless and disadvantaged people). SCWRU was commissioned by Sitra to provide consultancy expertise for the research, including with aspects of the study design and execution, and the recruitment and surveying of the interview participants.

Timescale

2013 – 2014

Research team

Maureen Crane and Louise Joly (SCWRU)

Funding

London Borough of Brent

Methods

The consultancy work by SCWRU involved advising the research team on the study design, including the need for and process of gaining ethical approval, the process of recruiting a range of interview participants and gaining their informed consent, and advice about the carrying out of interviews by a lone researcher. The consultancy role also involved assisting with the development of a range of study tools, including the Information Sheets and Consent Forms, invitation letters for potential study participants, and providing assistance in drafting the main questionnaire for the study participants. SCWRU also reviewed and commented on the draft study report prior to its publication.

Output and impact

The study by Sitra and LIFT received ethical approval, it was carried out and successfully reported in 2014.

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