Changing Futures

Changing Futures

Process, impact and economic evaluation. People experiencing multiple disadvantage. Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities.

Changing Futures is a £64 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 (defined as experience of a combination of some or all of homelessness, mental health challenges, contact with the criminal justice system, substance misuse and domestic abuse). The programme is running in 15 areas across England from 2021 to 2025.

Cordis Bright is undertaking the evaluation of Changing Futures in partnership with CFE Research, Revolving Doors Agency and University of Sheffield.

The objectives of our evaluation are to:

  • Provide evidence on whether (and why/how) Changing Futures has made a difference to individuals who experience multiple disadvantage.
  • Provide evidence on whether (and why/how) Changing Futures has made a difference to how public service systems operate, including considering how systems-level changes affect the way services operate and are delivered and experienced by people who experience multiple disadvantage.
  • Assess the value for money of the programme and make recommendations on the most effective use of any additional resources going into this area in the future.

So far, our work has involved:

  • Undertaking a feasibility study on how best to undertake the evaluation.
  • Producing a baseline report which sets out the position at the start of the programme.
  • Completing two rapid evidence assessments which present evidence underpinning some of the approaches being taken in Changing Futures. One is on trauma-informed approaches to supporting people experiencing multiple disadvantage, and the second on frontline support models for people experiencing multiple disadvantage.

We are now undertaking fieldwork and data analysis to inform a further report on the progress made so far by the programme. This will be available in summer 2024.

For more information contact Jane Harris (project director).

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