Research undertaken by Monro from the Centre for Research in the Social
Sciences (CRISS) into the continuing marginalisation of lesbian, gay,
bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people has influenced UK and international
policymaking and practice. Addressing key issues concerning relationships
between LGBT people and state institutions, the research findings have
helped to shape the development of practice in central government
departments, local authorities, housing associations, healthcare and
community organisations and voluntary sector associations. This impact has
resulted in improvement to the material and social conditions of LGBT
people, enhancing their ability to contribute to society and the economy,
in line with the EU Horizon 2020 theme of promoting inclusive, innovative
and reflective societies. The case study provides evidence that the
research has raised awareness about LGBT issues. This cultural shift is
crucial to improving the life experiences and economic productivity of
LGBT people, given the lack of understanding that they commonly face, and
the negative impacts on their wellbeing of prejudice and social erasure.
Since the Bradford Riots in 2001, research at Bradford has helped to
defuse underlying tensions between deprived, multiethnic communities and
between them and the local state thus strengthening community resilience
in the city. Building on global research, particularly in Latin America,
we have introduced participatory and peace-building methodologies into the
locality, but with implications beyond it. The Programme for a Peaceful
City enhances our impact through academic-practitioner reflection spaces.
Our research with rather than on communities fosters their voice in
policy, contributing to a non-confrontational response to the EDL in 2010,
2012 and 2013 and bringing community activists from Bradford's diverse
communities together to co-create the ESRC-funded Community University
(Comm-Uni-ty) in May 2013.
Bradford academics developed a research framework to understand equality,
diversity and inclusion which health organisations used in formulating
policy and practice. This led to more effective engagement in these issues
thereby improving community wellbeing and addressing health inequalities.
The framework informed changes in the commissioning and delivery of local
community health services and in national level human resources rationale.
A service provider redesigned their preventive services, incorporated
novel employment and peer adviser opportunities and achieved higher levels
of engagement and service use within their diverse community. The
framework has been used by a range of organisations including Brap and
Gateway Family Services, to underpin their participation-based,
voice-centred research. Notably McMillan Cancer Support has used the
voice-centred approach, developed by Brap using the Bradford framework, to
develop their policy and practice.
This case study is underpinned by the first qualitative research study of
national significance into
the views of white working class communities on community cohesion. It
builds on over 10 years of
research into community cohesion at Coventry University. The case study
includes impacts on:
Beneficiaries include central and local government policy-makers,
members of charities and
funders, lobbying groups, think tanks and political parties, political
professionals, journalists, social workers and the general public.
The increasing diversity of migrant and minority ethnic communities and
the growing awareness of multiple experiences of inequalities (age,
gender, race and religion) require appropriate interventions and policy
measures. Since the 1990s, research by the Social Policy Research Centre
(SPRC) has enabled minority ethnic organisations and other local service
providers to gather evidence and develop initiatives and practices better
adapted to a challenging socio- economic and funding context, responding
to the changing needs of their users and challenging the barriers they
face in accessing services. Areas of focus include welfare advice, health
services and the needs of migrant children and their families in relation
to schooling and education. Key beneficiaries have been community
organisations whose skills have been enhanced to use research evidence in
identifying user requirements, successfully securing funding and meeting
Through active engagement in policy processes, systems research at
Lincoln produced a sustained change in governmental and third sector
approaches to citizenship education and hence citizen participation.
Translating and refining the initial concepts, a network of Third Sector
organisations and universities (including the researchers) ran successful
pilot projects to benefit more than 1,300 people. This led to the
inclusion of the `Take Part' concept in three government White Papers.
Pathways to impact were two national learning frameworks, an £8.7 million
programme (2009-2011), and a £0.77m capacity building cluster (2008-2013).
The programme reached over 18,000 people nationally, who became more
effectively involved in local democracy.
In a continuing policy focus on the family, both the current coalition
government and its Labour
predecessor have emphasised the value of re-integrating fathers into the
family unit. For over 20
years our research has helped the UK government understand the role and
importance of fathers
to children's development. We have made concrete recommendations about the
focus (i.e., the
what and how) of initiatives designed to promote fathering. Our impact
includes a tenfold increase
in funding for work with fathers in Children's Centres and the pivotal
influence of one study in
parental responsibility granted to over two million unmarried fathers.