New contracts since mid-2016

The company has been going through one of its busiest periods for more than five years.

Supporting People Programme in Northern Ireland: Development of a methodology for strategic needs assessment – February 2015 to March 2016. Working with prof Chris Paris (Ulster University). The Northern Ireland Housing Executive (NIHE) commissioned this research with the aim of developing a methodology for strategic assessment of the housing support needs of vulnerable people in Northern Ireland whose support services are funded as part of the Supporting People (SP) programme.

Implementation of the Strategic Needs Assessment Model – November 2016 to June 2017, and ongoing. The Housing Executive commissioned John Palmer to manage an in-house programme of work to develop the needs assessment model adapting existing administrative data from housing, social care and health sources as the basis for a predictive model of potential future need.

Understanding cumulative cost pressures on housing support services in Northern Ireland – January – May 2017. This research was commissioned by the Northern Ireland Federation of Housing Associations working with the Council for the Homeless NI and CRISPP, with funding from the Department for Communities. Its purpose was to review providers’ costs over the period 2013/2014 to 2015/2016 in order to inform discussions between the Department for Communities, Northern Ireland Housing Executive and provider organisations about the extent to which recent cost pressures had affected the finances of voluntary organisations funded from the Supporting People programme at a time when the level of SP funding had been frozen.

Bamford Review Phase 2: The experiences of learning disabled people resettled from long stay hospitals in Northern Ireland – September 2016 to June 2017. NIHE commissioned research in partnership with the Department for Social Development (now Department for Communities) into the results of the resettlement programme in January 2014. The research was originally designed to be completed as a single project. Following difficulties encountered in accessing individual level Health Service data the research was divided into two phases, each looking at the resettlement programme from a different perspective. Phase 1 was designed to report on the institutional delivery of the resettlement programme and the role played by agencies involved in the planning and provision of housing, support and care services for learning disabled people. Phase 2 reported on the experiences of people who have been resettled and looked at the effectiveness of the process from their perspective, their levels of satisfaction with the outcome, and the impact on their lives that living in the community has had.