Changing Futures second interim report

Resources 20 May 2024

Changing Futures second interim report

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The Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC) has published the second interim report on the evaluation of its Changing Futures programme. The Changing Futures programme is a £77 million initiative between the UK Government and The National Lottery Community Fund. It seeks to test innovative approaches to improving outcomes for people experiencing multiple disadvantage - including homelessness, drug and alcohol problems, mental ill health, domestic abuse, and contact with the criminal justice system. The programme is running in 15 areas, between them covering 34 top-tier council areas, across England from 2021 to 2025. Cordis Bright is part of a consortium of organisations, including CFE Research, Revolving Doors, and the Sheffield Centre for Health and Related Research (SCHARR) at The University of Sheffield, appointed by DLUHC to undertake an independent evaluation of the Changing Futures programme. We are leading on the qualitative elements of the evaluation.

This report presents progress to date for people who have engaged with the programme, and looks at the work Changing Futures areas are doing to change systems in relation to the commissioning of services and support for people experiencing multiple disadvantage. Qualitative and quantitative data provide early indications of positive outcomes in relation to participant health, safety, wellbeing, housing, and social connectedness. Participants report positive effects from feeling that they have someone they trust and who supports them. As a result, they feel more confident and hopeful. Changing Futures has provided impetus and resource to raise awareness of the programme and multiple disadvantage more generally, laying the foundations for better commissioning. There is a significant focus on lived experience involvement in commissioning, with people being involved in different stages of the process. Stakeholders agreed that enhancing lived experience involvement in commissioning has been one of Changing Futures’ biggest impacts so far.


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