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Poverty Emergency

Doing social change differently

A new research collaboration with Keele University.

Laying the groundwork for the development of a ‘routes out of poverty’ community-based social learning programme for unlocking community wealth and community ownership amongst the communities that have borne the harshest economic injury through the crisis across our borough.

In the Poverty Emergency Declaration we committed to working more closely with universities and also to providing support to the communities that have borne the harshest economic injury from the crisis with community education and support to explore collective business ownership models.

We plan to draw together expertise from people who run established co-operatively-owned enterprises, including from low income, working class backgrounds to hear more about their success and the potential for similar developments in our borough, starting where these insights may have the greatest potential benefits.

Progress so far

  • £4950 funding secured from 'Keele Institute for Social Inclusion'
  • Research team assembled blending a range of insights and skills to enable an impactful programme design and robust evaluation of the outcomes of that programme.

This project will be underway soon and will conclude in the summer/autumn. We will report back on our results. If you have questions or would like to be involved in some way please get in touch:

Co-production

We are embarking on a new research project with Keele University to see if we can 'do' Co-production better.

Co-production is about how we involve people with lived experience in helping to shape poverty-related policy within our organisation.

Through our Poverty Emergency commitments, we want people with lived experience of poverty to be given the opportunity to assess the situation and the root causes of poverty more critically and to increase their sense of ‘agency’ in how they might want to address the issue of poverty, with access to a more critical analysis of the problem.

We are also interested in how the consultation 'interface' between those in poverty, those drafting policy and heading up services and those at the frontline of service provision currently functions. Is there scope for improvement?

Finally, we are interested to find out what each individual understands about the Poverty Emergency – why it was declared, what the purpose of it is, whether they think it’s a good idea and support it and how our understandings around poverty effect how well that interface works.

We are exploring whether lived experience can influence policy in a more ethical, thorough, effective and empowering way.

In the Poverty Emergency declaration, we said we would

'Take a collaborative and evidence-based approach, working more closely with health, universities, trade unions and poverty-related community groups to improve our research and intelligence' (resolution 10).

'Embed Lived Experience - Building on the foundations of the Poverty Truth Commissions, to reach out to people affected by poverty and use their experience to develop better policies and services which respond to their needs' (Commitment iv)

Progress so far

  • Academic support and £20,114 funding secured by Derek McGhee (Professor of Sociology, Director of the Keele Institute for Social Inclusion, Faculty Dean for Research, Humanities and social Sciences)
  • Research team assembled blending a range of insights and skills to enable an impactful programme design and robust evaluation of the outcomes of that programme.

The research will be underway soon and conclude in the summer, when we will share the results.

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