Social Impact Bonds 2.0

To achieve their potential SIBs must be re-configured to become a catalyst for innovation, driving public sector reform and addressing new social and economic needs in the post-Covid world.


A realist review of interventions used to prevent and reduce the use of restrictive practices on adults with learning disabilities in NHS and independent sector settings (LEARN)

In partnership with the Ministry of Justice and the Barrow Cadbury Trust, PERU researchers are undertaking a qualitative study on the views and experiences of participants in the Chance to Change pilots.


The Big Life Group – Multi Modal Practitioner (MMP) evaluation

In partnership with the Ministry of Justice and the Barrow Cadbury Trust, PERU researchers are undertaking a qualitative study on the views and experiences of participants in the Chance to Change pilots.


A Rapid Evidence Assessment to assess the outcomes of community and custody delivered vocational training and employment programmes on reoffending

PERU were partially funded by the Ministry of Justice to undertake a Rapid Evidence Assessment (REA) to assess the outcomes of community and custody delivered vocational training and employment programmes on reoffending.


Doing gig work: Social implications of platform-based food deliveries

This research aims to study the platform-based gig economy and its reconfiguration of urban spaces by investigating the management, solidarity and resistance of cycle couriers in three European cities: Manchester, Lyon (France) and Cluj-Napoca (Romania).


Chance to change pilots qualitative study

In partnership with the Ministry of Justice and the Barrow Cadbury Trust, PERU researchers are undertaking a qualitative study on the views and experiences of participants in the Chance to Change pilots.


Youth Endowment Fund Evaluations

We are evaluating projects funded by the Youth Endowment Fund aimed at preventing young people from being involved in crime and violence.


Evaluating the effectiveness of the SEND Review process on raising attainment in English, and secondary outcomes.

This is an evaluation of the effectiveness of the SEND Review process on raising attainment in English at GCSE. The evaluation will also measure the effect of the process on pupil wellbeing, attendance and exclusions.


Modelling the effects of the tax and benefit system

PERU maintains and develops the Institute of Public Policy Research (IPPR) Tax-Benefit Model, which is a tax-benefit microsimulation model used by the IPPR, Resolution Foundation, Joseph Rowntree Foundation, New Economics Foundation, and Legatum Institute.


Modelling the economic impacts of a Citizen’s Basic Income in Scotland

The aim of this project was to estimate the economic impacts if a Citizen’s Basic Income were implemented throughout Scotland.


Migrant Children and Communities in a Transforming Europe (MiCREATE)

The vision of MiCREATE is to provide a child-centred approach to exploring and surmounting integration challenges.


The Family Skills Evaluation

The Family Skills Evaluation is funded by the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) and carried out by NatCen Social Research. This study will test the impact of a family literacy programme.


The Study of Early Education and Development (SEED) in England

This is a multi-cohort, multi-wave study of pre-school children and their parents in England. The study is in part designed to test whether making funded early childhood education and care (ECEC) available to low and moderate income families raises their use of preschool care.


Review of Grandmentors programme

Young carers are young people who take on significant caring responsibilities for family members, normally parents or siblings.


European Cohort Development Project (ECDP)

The European Cohort Development Project (ECDP) is a Design Study which will create the specification and business case for a European Research Infrastructure that will provide, over the next 25 years, comparative longitudinal survey data on child and young adult well-being.


Catch22 Bristol Dawes Unit Gangs Evaluation

The Bristol Dawes Unit was set up by Catch 22 in 2015 and works with young people at all stages of gang involvement: on the periphery, involved or entrenched. They receive referrals from the police, youth offending service, social services and schools.


Rochdale Connections Trust: Freedom Programme Evaluation

PERU were commissioned by Rochdale Connections Trust to evaluate their Domestic Abuse Freedom Programme.


Whole System Approach to Women Offenders in Greater Manchester Evaluation

The Whole System Approach (WSA) to women offenders across Greater Manchester aims to embed gender-responsive support for women at three points of the criminal justice system - arrest, sentencing and upon release from prison. The governance and funding of the WSA is overseen by the Justice and Rehabilitation Executive (JRE).


Intensive Community Order Evaluation (ICO)

PERU were commissioned by the Police and Crime Commissioner to evaluate the Greater Manchester Intensive Community Order (ICO) Programme.


Supporting Wigan Payment by Results (PbR) Substance Misuse pilot

PERU worked with Wigan Drug and Alcohol Action Team (DAAT) between July 2011 and March 2012 to support the development of a tariff system for the Wigan PbR model.


Evaluation of the London Reducing Re-offending Programmes

The study was to evaluate three of the London Mayor’s reducing re-offending programmes.


Trafford DAAT Personalised Budgets

Trafford Drug and Alcohol Action Team (DAAT) are piloting personalised budgets for young people with substance misuse issues. A small, randomised control trial (RCT) has been established to evaluate the impact of the pilot.


Hidden Harm

Salford Drug Action Team wanted to review aspects of its Hidden Harm strategy and to review a service that it had commissioned to work directly with the children of misusing parents.


An economic review of domestic violence services in Cheshire

Cheshire County Council (as was) wished to better understand the economic case for investing in domestic violence services.