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, are conducting research which aims to build a place-based understanding of the Universal Credit full service roll-out in Glasgow.
This project explores the lived experience of a range of Universal Credit full service claimants over time, the lived experiences of Jobcentre Plus work coaches in delivering Universal Credit and seeks to stimulate creative and innovative ideas to improve how Universal Credit works in practice, with and beyond Glasgow.
Understanding the lived experience of poverty in Edinburgh
(May 2019 – April 2020)
As part of the work of the independent Edinburgh Poverty Commission, the Poverty Alliance are conducting 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 ethnic minority communities.
This project involves three stages: 1) mapping and community engagement with third sector and community organisations across Edinburgh; 2) focus groups and interviews with people with lived experience of poverty in Edinburgh and 3) community hearings involving the direct participation of Edinburgh citizens in the process of feedback back to the Commission.
Making it Work Systems Change Project (Fife)
(2018 – 2020)
Following on from an evaluation of the Making it Work for Families Project in Fife conducted by the Poverty Alliance between 2017 and 2018, we are working with Clued Up and Fife Gingerbread to capture learning and practice from systems change work delivered by the Making it Work partnership.
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. The guidance will be published in June 2020.
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