Impact of MEAM support

Spotlight 18 March 2024

Impact of MEAM support

How MEAM support has changed since 2022 and difference it is making to local areas.

For a number of years, Making Every Adult Matter (MEAM) has been supporting local areas across the country to transform services and systems and to directly improve the lives of people facing multiple disadvantage.

Cordis Bright were pleased to work with the MEAM team again to evaluate the impact of their recent support to local areas during 2022-2024, and to help them consider how to shape their support offer for future years.

We worked with an expert researcher with lived experience to interview ten local areas in the MEAM Approach network and hold a focus group with MEAM staff. Our research found that local areas continue to benefit significantly from MEAM’s bespoke and universal support, which contributes to local systems change, empowerment, and service improvement for people experiencing multiple disadvantage. In particular, the support to plan for and effect systems change is a key aspect of MEAM’s work. As one interviewee said:

“We knew what our goals were and starting point, but MEAM was useful for critical friend type support, how to get to end goals, to operate across a complicated system and create a global view for systems work. They tailored the input to what our area needed.”

We’re proud to contribute to the MEAM team’s ongoing journey of providing effective, tailored support to local areas in their work to improve support and outcomes for people experiencing multiple disadvantage. We look forward to seeing how MEAM will shape their support offer for future years.

MEAM have recently published the full report which is available here.

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