There are some very exciting developments in this month’s Pulse. This includes the news that Cordis Bright is part of a consortium of organisations delivering the evaluation of the Changing Futures programme. This is an important and much-needed three-year, £64 million government programme aiming to improve outcomes for adults experiencing multiple disadvantage – including combinations of homelessness, substance misuse, mental health issues, domestic abuse and contact with the criminal justice system. We’re looking forward to building on our previous work in the field of multiple disadvantage and contributing to the evidence base on creating systems that better support people experiencing multiple disadvantage.
We’re also pleased to have been appointed as evaluators of two innovative programmes designed to act as an alternative to arrest, conviction and custody for children and young people. The projects are funded by the Youth Endowment Fund and are Salford STEER delivered by the Salford Foundation and Divert Plus delivered by Nottinghamshire Violence Reduction Unit. We are working with each project to pilot a Randomised Control Trial. This evaluation approach, commonly considered a gold standard approach, will provide the most robust evidence of the extent to which any changes in young people’s outcomes are attributable to the intervention.
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