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Current Research

The impact of the third sector on socio-economic development in Europe (TSI) – Other
The third sector, consisting of civil society associations and foundations, volunteers, and other citizen organisations and activities, offers unique renewable and sustainable resources for social and economic problem-solving, democracy, and civic engagement in Europe. In times of social and economic distress and enormous pressures on governmental budgets this sector is even more important than [...]

Smart data analytics for business and local government
Local government plays a major role in a range of services delivered in conjunction with the private and not-for-profit sectors, and with service recipients. Data are generated in administering these services; assessing and reviewing individuals’ needs and eligibility for support from their local authority (LA); contracting with businesses to provide services; and monitoring outcomes. The research [...]

Quality and Outcomes Research Unit (QORU)
The Quality and Outcomes Research Unit (QORU) has been funded by the Department of Health in England to develop and promote appropriate use of evidence, both quantitative and qualitative, of need, quality and outcomes in relation to long-term health conditions, with resulting beneficial impact on the quality of health and social services. The Unit has been funded to conduct a programme of [...]

The impact of the third sector on socio-economic development in Europe (TSI) – RTD
The third sector, consisting of civil society associations and foundations, volunteers, and other citizen organisations and activities, offers unique renewable and sustainable resources for social and economic problem-solving, democracy, and civic engagement in Europe. In times of social and economic distress and enormous pressures on governmental budgets this sector is even more important than [...]

Evaluation of the Shared Lives Growth Project
The Shared Lives Growth project is an exciting and timely opportunity to build demand and supply, whilst protecting the safety, quality and values of Shared Lives. Building the evidence base and spreading learning and impact is a key element to this. The evaluation has two linked purposes: to examine outcomes for users of Shared Lives; and to examine the implementation and progress (impact) of [...]

Development of an outcome measurement tool for Shared Lives
‘Shared Lives’ (SL) is the name for family-based support schemes where an individual or family includes an isolated or under-supported older or disabled person in their family and community life. There are different types of SL arrangement: residential or long-term; respite or short breaks; day support; rehabilitative or intermediate care support; and outreach or ‘kinship’ support. Key is the [...]

The influence of social care on delayed transfers of care (DTOC) among older people

Unit costs of health and social care
The popular annual Unit Costs of Health and Social Care volume is mainly funded by the Department of Health, with a contribution from the Department for Education. The publication is widely cited and is downloaded in part or in ful at least 600 times each month. Data from these volumes are used by central government departments to develop policy, and by local authorities and SCIE to inform [...]

Economics of Health and Social Care (ESHCRU)
The aim of the ESHCRU is to inform and guide policy-making in the health and social care sectors (H&SC) by undertaking high-quality, robust and policy-relevant research, based on the discipline of economics. This research will help to improve the health and well-being of the population, reflecting distributional concerns and population

Exploring comparative effectiveness and efficiency in long-term care (EXCELC)
It is predicted that, in coming years and in many countries, the proportion of people needing long-term care (LTC) will increase substantially. To meet the social and economic challenges of responding to this increased demand for care, health and care welfare regimes need to focus on the social care services that matter most to people, and deliver these services effectively and efficiently. In [...]

MODEM: Comprehensive approach to modelling outcome and cost impacts of interventions for dementia
Dementia has enormous impacts on the quality of life of people with this condition and their carers. As the population ages, the numbers affected will increase considerably. A major challenge is how to provide high-quality treatment and support to these individuals in ways that are valuable to them, and at a cost considered by society to be affordable. MODEM aims to generate new evidence to inform [...]

Examining the economic case for social care interventions
Social care systems are constrained, particularly in the current fiscal climate, in what they can achieve with the resources available to them; they are also affected by the resources available in adjacent systems, such as health, housing, employment and education. Commissioners and decision-makers, however, do not always have the information they require to allocate resources effectively and [...]

Health and wellbeing consequences of social isolation in old age: a scoping study
An increasing number of older people in the UK are living alone and consequently an increasing number are at risk of being socially isolated. Social isolation has been identified as a risk factor for poor health (especially poor mental health) and lower wellbeing, including morbidity and mortality, loneliness, depression and cognitive decline. Older people who are socially isolated are also more [...]

The economic consequences of community capacity-building projects
In the current fiscal climate, it is important to understand and foster the potential of resources available within communities to prevent, delay or meet social care and health needs. This project will examine the economic case for investing in community capacity-building projects. It aims to look at a diverse range of projects, including befriending, peer support, health champions and circles [...]

MARATONE: Mental Health Training through Research Network in Europe
MARATONE is a Marie Curie Initial Training Network project that directly addresses the need for high-level training and career pathways in mental health to increase the inter-sectorial and trans-national employability of young scientists in the academic, public and private sectors to meet the enormous challenge of the 2009 EU Parliament Resolution on Mental Health. The Resolution set out [...]

NICE Collaborating Centre for Social Care
The NICE Collaborating Centre for Social Care (NCCSC) develops guidance about social care for children and adults on behalf of the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE). The NCCSC also helps to ensure that people who commission, provide and use care services know about the NICE guidance and related quality standards, and are supported to put them into practice. The NCCSC [...]

Adult social care outcomes toolkit (ASCOT)
ASCOT is a measure which is designed to capture information about an individual's social care-related quality of life (SCRQoL). The aim is for the measure to be applicable across as wide a range of user groups and care and support settings as possible. The ASCOT website ( provides downloadable data-entry spreadsheets and

An exploration of local authority strategies and initiatives to improve the quality of social care for older people in England through market shaping (ELSQua)

A multicentre randomised trial of the outcome, acceptability and cost-effectiveness of family therapy and multi-family day treatment compared with inpatient care and outpatient family therapy for adolescent anorexia nervosa
Led by the Institute of Psychiatry at King's College London, this study aims to examine the outcome, cost-effectiveness and acceptability of brief multiple family day treatment (MFDT) compared to two types of standard treatment (inpatient care, outpatient family therapy) in two parallel, integrated randomised controlled trials in adolescents with anorexia nervosa.

Social Protection Innovative Investment in Long Term Care
The SPRINT project intends to give meaning to the concept of social investment as applied to long-term care provision. Its objective is to articulate in more detail the aspirations of the Social Investment Programme, to provide a means for assessing the social costs and benefits of various ways of providing long-term care for the frail elderly, and to present examples of approaches that do indeed, [...]

The Economic Case for Intervention for People with Autism
This project aims to examine the economic case for interventions for people with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). It will summarise existing evidence for the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness, of interventions in the ASD area and examine the economic case for as wide a range of interventions as possible to inform discussions within the National Autism

Sustainable Tailored Integrated Care for Older People in Europe - SUSTAIN
The SUSTAIN project’s overall objective is to improve integrated care for older people living at home with multiple health and social care needs. It aims to: improve established integrated care initiatives for older people living at home with multiple health and social care needs, ensuring they are patient-centred, prevention-oriented, efficient, and safe; and ensure that improvements to the [...]

Overcoming Barriers: Unpaid Care and Employment in England (Longitudinal Study)
This study builds on an SSCR-funded research project called Overcoming Barriers: Unpaid Care and Employment. The Overcoming Barriers study has suggested that further research examining the policy of ‘replacement care’ is now needed.

The aim of this study is to undertake a longitudinal study examining the effectiveness of ‘replacement care’ in supporting working carers in England. The [...]

ICare – Integrating Technology into Mental Health Care Delivery in Europe
The body of evidence for Internet-based interventions for the prevention and treatment of mental health conditions has grown rapidly in the past decade. Yet many European countries have not implemented these effective approaches into health systems. Individuals with risk conditions or distinct mental health problems interested in using online interventions are often unable to access appropriate [...]

Learning from International Models of Advance Care Planning to Inform Evolving Practice in England. An Economic Perspective
Research evidence on Advanced Care Planning (ACP) is patchy. There is promising evidence of quality of life benefits for people at end of life and their carers and of potential savings from reducing hospitalisations in the last year of life and hospital deaths. However, ACP interventions are poorly described in the literature, and there is not much information on the costs of ACP interventions, or [...]

Developing a Local Prevention Evaluation Framework
More than ever, the financial constraints on English local authorities (LAs) stress the need to use social care resources in the most cost-effective way. Achieving this goal requires evidence about the effect that different interventions have on present and future care needs, outcomes and costs for different users and carers. The lack of such evidence is particularly acute with regards to [...]

Quality and Cost-effectiveness in Long-term Care and Dependency Prevention Network
This Network aims to support long-term care (LTC) policy-makers across the EU to close the increasing gap between demand and provision of LTC services by identifying evidence about key strategies for reducing care needs and improving the cost-effectiveness of the care system. An overarching objective will be to maximise learning between countries.

The [...]

Costing Maternal Perinatal Mental Health Problems and Treatment Responses
Perinatal mental illness (such as depression, anxiety, stress) affects some mothers during pregnancy and up to twelve months after giving birth. This project aimed to estimate the economic burden associated with maternal mental illness during and after pregnancy, and to compare this to the resources that are likely to be required for preventing or reducing this burden, that is, the costs for [...]

Care and support for older people living in the community
Earlier research to develop improved survey questions on older people’s receipt of, and payment for, formal and informal care, for use in population surveys led to short and long versions of a new module of questions. The short version has been included in the government’s Health Survey for England (HSE) from 2011 onward. This study aims to include the long version in 2013 HSE, undertaking [...]