We aim to bring about lasting social change via four key evidence-based approaches:
- Developing understanding: we combine compelling narrative with quantitative data to create a profile of people facing severe and multiple disadvantage
- Innovation: we want to support ground breaking ways of delivering holistic support to people facing severe and multiple disadvantage.
- Changing systems: we aim to create a transformative environment by building whole system local partnerships focused on tackling severe and multiple disadvantage
- Changing attitudes: we want to help shift public and political attitudes to foster a more positive understanding of people facing severe and multiple disadvantage
The results so far
We are proud to be a part of a new wave of thinking and practice that challenges old models and assumptions about the relationships between individuals, the state and society. Results so far include:
- Providing accessible and useful data through our HardEdges report that was used to inform government policy approach to people with multiple needs.
- Commissioning comprehensive evidence reviews of gaps in data: Women and girls at risk: evidence across the life course
- Commissioning a ‘knowledge hub’ to explore the complex relationships between ethnicity and severe and multiple disadvantage
- Investigating the nature of severe and multiple disadvantage in the 21st century for young people and those working on the front line to challenge assumptions, practice and systems: Bringing everything I am into one place
- Working with Revolving Doors Agency to coordinate a cross-disciplinary Research Network to bring together all researchers with an active interest in severe and multiple disadvantage
- Building an evidence-led movement for change through the work of the UK-wide Promoting Change Network (PCN).