You can read all of our published research on our publications page.
How well is Universal Credit supporting people in Glasgow?
(September 2018 – September 2019)
Funded by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, the Poverty Alliance in collaboration with researchers from the University of Glasgow, conducted research on the roll-out of Universal Credit in Glasgow, exploring the experiences and perspectives of people claiming Universal Credit and the Department for Work and Pensions staff delivering it.
The findings and key recommendations from the research were shared via a Joseph Rowntree Foundation webinar which can be accessed here.
Read the key findings
Read the full report
Mental health, welfare conditionality and employment support
(May 2020 – September 2020)
Funded by the Health Foundation, with the University of Glasgow, the Poverty Alliance are developing a targeted set of recommendations at the Scottish and wider UK level on reforming welfare conditionality and employment support for people experiencing mental health problems. Supported by social security and mental health experts from Mind and Inclusion Scotland, this impact project has engaged with a range of social security, mental health, and employment experts in the UK to develop policy recommendations to inform the work of the Scottish Government, UK Government and Department for Work and Pensions.
Understanding the lived experience of poverty and public attitudes to poverty in Edinburgh
(May 2019 – April 2020)
As part of the work of the independent Edinburgh Poverty Commission, the Poverty Alliance have conducted city-wide research to provide an in-depth insight into the lived experience of poverty for key communities of interest in Edinburgh, including lone parent families, people with disabilities and carers. A briefing on the key findings of the research was published in December 2019. In partnership with the Scottish Poverty and Inequality Research Unit, we have also been conducting research to explore public attitudes to poverty in Edinburgh.
Exploring the use of Flexible Educational Arrangements in Fife
(2018 – 2020)
Funded by the Corra Foundation, we conducted a small-scale exploratory research project on the use of Flexible Educational Arrangements in Fife. This research explored the challenges for education services managing part-time timetables for young people receiving additional levels of support, the experiences of young people on part-time timetables and the impacts on their families. Read the full report
Evaluation of Fife Gingerbread Volunteer Buddy Project
(2019 – 2021)
The Poverty Alliance is conducting an external evaluation of the Fife Gingerbread Buddy Network, overseeing its delivery and growth of its volunteer programme.
This evaluation seeks to provide evidence of the impact that the volunteer programme has had through understanding the impact of volunteering for those involved in the programme and on the wider community as well as providing examples of good practice and wider knowledge which can be shared with the voluntary sector and other agencies involved in supporting volunteers. Adopting a co-production approach, this evaluation is being developed in collaboration with staff and volunteers at Fife Gingerbread.
Knowledge is Power
(2019 – 2021)
Knowledge is Power is a programme from Scottish Community Development Centre and The Poverty Alliance to support community-led action research, jointly funded by Scottish Government and The National Lottery Community Fund. The two-year programme will support six community organisations to develop their own evidence to influence change in their communities – and to take forward actions for improvement. The research evidence generated by the community organisations will be brought together through a new website and used to help shape policy at a national level across Scotland.
For more information please see the Knowledge is Power website www.knowledgeispower.scot
Menu for Change
Menu for Change is a partnership project run by Oxfam, Poverty Alliance, Child Poverty Action Group in Scotland and Nourish Scotland. Menu for Change involves four key strands including: practice development, network for change, research and policy and advocacy.
For more information please see the Menu for Change project website – https://menuforchange.org.uk/
Developing Guidance for the Poverty and Inequality Commission to involve people with direct lived experience of poverty
(January 2020 – June 2020)
The Poverty Alliance and the Scottish Poverty and Inequality Research Unit (SPIRU) have been commissioned by the Poverty and Inequality Commission in Scotland to develop guidance on how the Commission can involve people with direct experience of poverty in their work. This guidance will be developed through a rapid evidence review of existing evidence and guidance on co-production and a participatory research project engaging with people with experiencing of living in poverty.
To find out more about our research, email firstname.lastname@example.org.