Nadia Brookes

Senior Research Fellow

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Research Interests

I am a Senior Research Fellow at the PSSRU within the University of Kent’s School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research (SSPSSR). I joined the Unit in 2008 to work on the Unit Costs in Criminal Justice project funded by the Ministry of Justice. Since then, I have worked on a number of European, national and local research projects funded for example by the NIHR School for Social Care Research, European Commission FP7 programme and the Norwegian Research Council. I have a BA in Applied Community Studies and MSc in Social Research and Evaluation, I am currently in the final year of a social policy doctorate looking at the nature, extent and process of innovation in adult social care.

Before coming to Kent, I held a number of senior research roles outside of academia. I was a Research and Development Manager in the NHS conducting, facilitating and supporting research, Senior Research Officer at the Home Office where I led a £1.3 million programme of research evaluating interventions relating to prostitution/sex work, and Research Manager at the Centre for Public Innovation, London. My first research projects were in public health (substance misuse and sexual health) and as part of a team working on a national evaluation of drug treatment in prisons.

My research interests focus on social care, health, service delivery and outcomes in a mixed economy context. I have a particular interest in innovation in public services, for example, I have been involved in European comparative research about local innovations in welfare areas. My research in social care has recently focused on community-based models of support, providing evidence about potential service options for providers, commissioners, policy makers and the public. I am also interested in public involvement in research and different evaluation methodologies.

ORCID ID 0000-0002-6661-2814

Nadia Brookes' Publications

Journal Articles

Journal Article

Older people receiving family-based support in the community: A survey of quality of life amongst users of ‘Shared Lives’ in England (2017)

Callaghan L, Brookes N, Palmer S

Health and Social Care in the Community

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Journal Article

Implementation of a community-based approach to dementia care in England: Understanding the experiences of staff (2016)

Brookes N

Journal of Social Service Research

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Journal Article

‘I live with other people and not alone’: a survey of the views and experiences of older people using Shared Lives (adult placement) (2016)

Brookes N, Palmer S, Callaghan L

Working with Older People 20, 3, 179-186

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Journal Article

Personalisation and innovation in a cold financial climate (2015)

Brookes N, Callaghan L, Netten A, Fox D

British Journal of Social Work 45, 1, 86-103

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Journal Article

What next for Shared Lives? Family-based support as a potential option for older people (2013)

Brookes N, Callaghan L

Journal of Care Services Management 7, 3, 87-94

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Book Sections

Book Section

Birmingham: A “Locality Approach” to Combating Worklessness (2016)

Brookes N, Kendall J, Mitton L

Springer

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Book Section

Birmingham: The Youth Employment and Enterprise Rehearsal Project (2016)

Brookes N, Kendall J, Mitton L

Springer

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Book Section

Birmingham, Priority to Economics, Social Innovation at the Margins (2016)

Brookes N, Kendall J, Mitton L

Springer

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Book Section

Personalisation and innovation of social services in a cold financial climate (2015)

Brookes N

Bononia University Press

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Book Section

Shared Lives – improving understanding of the costs of family-based support (2014)

Brookes N, Callaghan L

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DP or working papers

DP or working paper

Developing an outcome measurement tool for Shared Lives (2015)

Callaghan L, Brookes N, Palmer S

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DP or working paper

Unit Costs in Criminal Justice (2013)

Brookes N, Barrett B, Netten A, Knapp E

PSSRU Discussion Paper 2855, University of Kent

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Blogs

Blog

Third sector – measuring impact, enhancing visibility? (2015)

Brookes N

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