New research network to build evidence-base on multiple needs
13 July 2015
Revolving Doors and LankellyChase Foundation are launching a new research network, aiming to develop the evidence-base on multiple and complex needs, or severe and multiple disadvantage.
The network brings together researchers from different disciplines and sectors, such as homelessness, criminology, psychology and health. It encourages collaboration across professional boundaries to study different aspects of the issue, and will also seek to bridge the gap between research and practice by promoting ways of improving service delivery and by involving people with direct experience.
The first in our series of seminars hosted Professor Suzanne Fitzpatrick, a lead author of Hard Edges: Mapping severe and multiple disadvantage across England, and Di McNeish, co-author of Women and Girls at Risk: evidence across the life course. The discussion highlighted the latest research on defining and understanding severe and multiple disadvantage, while also showing the gaps remaining and how these could be addressed. It raised some key questions such as how to translate research findings into effective policy.
Over the next two years, the network will host a series of seminars and publish literature reviews, hosting a broad range of perspectives and aiming to influence service delivery.
Members of the network who have joined so far come from organisations including Homeless Link, the University of Bath, King’s College London, Clinks and the Big Lottery Fund. Drawing on Revolving Doors’ peer research work, the network will also actively include people with lived experience and promote their role in shaping studies about them.