Miller Research has won a Local Area Research and Intelligence Association (LARIA) award for our formative evaluation of the In One Place Programme. In One Place is a pioneering collaborative between Aneurin Bevan University Health Board (ABUHB), five local authorities (Social Services and Strategic Housing) and eight Registered Social Landlords (RSLs) within the Gwent geographical area. The initiative aims to streamline the process of obtaining suitable accommodation in the local region for people with complex health and social care needs, as an alternative to out-of-county residential placements or unnecessarily extended stays in hospital. Service users take on a tenancy in an RSL-owned property and receive care and support in their own home.
Miller Research has been conducting a formative evaluation of In One Place for the last two years, consulting with programme partners; other health, housing and social care practitioners; and service users and their families. The impact evaluation has included longitudinal case studies of individual service users as well as a cost benefit analysis of this new way of working.
The LARIA awards are designed to showcase the work of those researching local areas. Award winners need to demonstrate excellence in research that is making a real difference to local people. The awards focus on research impact based on a sound evidence base. For the “Best use of social care or health research” category entrants had to show how their research has led to a greater understanding of a social care or health issue, which has in turn led to evidence-based decision-making within the social care or health sectors. LARIA judges were looking for submissions that showed a well-argued methodology, clear reporting of the findings and impact. Miller Research and ABUHB, the lead organisation for In One Place, were shortlisted for the award along with four other entrants from across the UK.
As a result of the award, an article on the formative evaluation of In One Place will be produced for the Local Government Studies journal, which is published in association with the Institute of Local Government Studies at Birmingham University.
A précis of Miller Research’s baseline evaluation report of the In One Place Programme has already been published as an article in the Journal of Integrated Care, as part of a special edition on collaboration between health, social care and housing in Wales.
For more information about the In One Place evaluation or the LARIA awards entry, please contact Kerry KilBride on 01873 851 886 or at [email protected]