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Current projects: Social Value

Realist Evaluation of Social Prescribing with Time Credi

Time Credits as a Social Prescription: The Co-production of a Conceptual Framework, Programme Evaluation and Social Return on Investment.
A 24-month feasibility study using realist evaluation and social return on investment to understand how social prescribing with time credits may improve mental health and well-being of patients to prepare for a future outcome evaluation.

Funder: Social Care Research Grant with Health and Care Research Wales

Partners: Cardiff University, Leicester University, Bangor University

Contact: Dr Mary Lynch

EmotionMind Dynamic: Social Return on Investment of a Guided, Self-help Programme to Improve Emotional Wellbeing in West Wales

A 12-month SROI will establish social value created by EmotionMind Dynamic, a six module coaching programme developed by Hayley Wheeler for improving mental health for clients experiencing emotional difficulties. The pilot SROI study will compare EMD delivered either face-to-face, or through a blended learning approach for approximately 60 self-referred or socially prescribed adults.

Funder: Accelerate - Welsh European Funding Office

Partners: Bangor University, Cardiff University, Hayley T Wheeler Ltd, Hywel Dda UHB

Contact: Dr Mary Lynch

Gwynedd Bus Project: Social Value of Subsidised Bus Routes in Gwynedd

This study estimated the social value generated from nearly 2,000 bus passengers in Gwynedd who completed questionnaires between February and July 2019. Social value ratios were estimated by comparing the social value generated for passengers with the costs incurred by the Local Authority in providing subsidised bus services.

Funder: Gwynedd County Council

Contact: Dr Ned Hartiel

I CAN WORK: Social Return on Investment of the I CAN WORK project in North Wales

The purpose of this SROI is to inform the viability of the I CAN WORK programme. I CAN WORK provides employment specialists to support individuals, with mild to moderate mental health problems, to secure full or part-time employment following referral to the programme.

Funder: Welsh Assembly Government


Contact: Dr Louise Prendergast and Dr Ned Hartfiel

Social Return on Investment of the PrAISED programme - promoting activity, independence & stability for people with early dementia

As part of a multi-centred randomised controlled trial, this SROI will establish the social value generated by the PrAISED programme for approximately 350 participants with early dementia (and their carers). The programme includes 30 to 50 one-to-one sessions delivered over 12 months in the homes of participants by a physiotherapist or rehabilitation worker.

Funder: NIHR

Partners: Bangor University & Nottingham University

Contact: Dr Ned Hartfiel

PhD - Genevieve Hopkins

Exploring the development of a new Community Care Hub and implementation of this social model into primary care delivery in Wales.

A PhD research studentship to explore and evaluate a new Community Care Hub in primary care to meet the health and well-being needs of the vulnerable and homeless in society, using realist evaluation, synthesis and social return on investment methodologies.

Funder: KESS2

Partners: Bangor University, Community Care Collaborative CIC

Contact: Dr Diane Seddon and Dr Ceryl Davies 

MRes - Gwenlli Thomas

Developing a conversation about identifying community needs to embrace well-being through social prescribing interventions

Research aim: To explore community need to embrace social prescribing interventions to ascertain effectiveness in delivering positive benefits for the community and services.

Funder: KESS2

Partners: Bangor University, Grwp Cynefin

Contact: Gwenlli Thomas and Dr Mary Lynch

MRes - Cher Lewney

Developing a theory of change for a complex programme; a systematic framework for ensuring the delivery of outcomes in a new Wellbeing Hub for the Nantlle Valley

 A study to explore whether the application of a theory of change model is effective in supporting the redesign of complex public services using a scoping review and logic model workshops.

 Funder: KESS2

 Partners: Bangor University, Grwp Cynefin

Contact: Cher Lewney and Dr Mary Lynch

PhD - Adam Skinner

Applying a social return on investment (SROI) framework to evaluate 'MY LIFE' social prescribing service to support people in Conwy West in living health and active lives.

 Funder: KESS2

 Partners: Bangor University

Contact: Dr Mary Lynch

Social Return on Investment of Actif Woods Wales

Actif Woods Wales is a woodland activity programme for adults. The purpose of Actif Woods Wales is to extend the physical and mental health benefits of contact with nature to a wider group of people, including those in lower income areas and those who may be experiencing a physical, mental or social challenge. Actif Woods Wales seeks to embed woodland activity programmes within the NHS through social prescribing.

Funder: Small Woods Association

Contact: Dr Ned Hartfiel

Roadmap for Systems Change

An SROI of a range of interventions designed to educate or support survivors of domestic abuse, their families, wider professionals and communites.

Funder: Big Lottery

Partners: CHEME, UCLan, Women's Aid, Safe Lives

Contact: Eira Winrow


Previous Projects: Social Value

SPICE time credits social prescribing pilot evaluation

A mixed methods evaluation of the SPICE Time Credit Social Prescribing Pilot was undertaken to test a ‘Time Credit Social Prescription Model’ for patients presenting with low level anxiety and depression across 3 GP surgeries (Ely Bridge, Llandaff Fields and Lansdowne) in the SWC GP Cluster. The evaluation of the SPICE pilot project produced estimates for the variance in healthcare usage for the monetary value of an SP intervention demonstrating cost saving as a benefit in usage of services by participants.

Funder: Welsh Government

Partners: Cardiff University & Bangor University

Contact: Dr Mary Lynch

Sept 2017 - Jan 2018. 
Read the publication here.

Dementia & Imagination: Connecting communities and developing well-being through social engaged visual arts practice

Arts activities may benefit people living with dementia. In this study, 125 people with mild to severe dementia and 146 caregivers were recruited across residential care homes, a hospital and community venues in England and Wales for a 12-week visual arts program. Quantitative and qualitative data on quality of life, support, and program perceptions were obtained through interviews. SROI was undertaken to explore the wider social value of the arts activities.

Funder: AHRC & ESRC 

Contact: Dr Carys Jones

Mar 2013 - Apr 2016
See the study website here.
Read the publication here.

Health Precint: Evaluating the impact of a joint social care & NHS initiative to promote social participation & patient activation for older people in North Wales

Based in Colwyn Bay, North Wales, the Health Precinct is a partnership between Conwy County Borough Council, Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board (BCUHB), and Public Health Wales. People with chronic conditions are referred to the Health Precinct through social prescribing. A treatment plan will be developed after a multi-disciplinary assessment is undertaken. Plans are typically 16 weeks long and may include exercise goals, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, and other advice. The theory is that removing barriers to exercise, such as offering services in a community setting rather than hospital or clinic, will promote a collaborative approach between patients and professionals.

Funder: Health & Care Research Wales

Contact: Dr Carys Jones

Oct 2016 - Sept 2019.
Read the study report here.

Social Return on Investment of Sistema Cymru - Codi'r To

An SROI of a music in schools programme in two socio-economically deprived areas in north Wales. The programme is designed to benefit the children, the school and the wider community.

Funder: Paul Hamlyn Foundation

Partners: CHEME, Codi'r To

Contact: Eira Winrow

Sept 2016 - June 2018
Read the report here: English
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