This month saw the publication of three reports from the fourth year of our national evaluation of the Making Every Adult Matter (MEAM) Approach, a non-prescriptive framework to help local areas design and deliver better coordinated services for people experiencing multiple disadvantage. This programme has similarities with the Changing Futures programme which is now underway in 15 local areas, funded by the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities and the National Lottery Fund to improve support for people experiencing multiple disadvantage – defined as a combination of homelessness, substance misuse, poor mental health, domestic abuse, or contact with the criminal justice system.
The MEAM Approach is currently being used by cross-sector partnerships of statutory and voluntary agencies in 33 local areas across England. Our fourth year evaluation reports present eight key findings on the impact of the MEAM Approach on individual wellbeing for people experiencing multiple disadvantage, on the use of resources in local areas and on local services and systems. We also present thematic analysis focussing on the involvement of statutory mental health services in MEAM Approach partnerships, which is designed to support local areas to further develop their work using the MEAM Approach.
Next year will be the final year of our evaluation and we are looking forward to reflecting on the progress and impact of local work using the MEAM Approach over the whole five-year period. We will also shine a light on systems change work and its impact.
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