Social Media, Youth and Consumption of Cultural Spaces (LOCUS)

LOCUS explores young people’s interactions with cultural spaces through the lens of social media consumption. This project investigates to what extent young people’s social media consumption transforms cultural spaces to “performative spaces” and how young people’s engagement with such spaces enacts their digital identities.

Skill Mill SIB Evaluation

Skill Mill is a social enterprise highly regarded for innovative approaches to addressing youth crime while bringing social and environmental benefits to communities.

Evaluation of Social Impact Bonds that utilise strengths-based, co-created ways of working

PERU has been commissioned by Bridges Outcomes Partnerships to evaluation two social-outcomes contracts that are tackling homelessness using strengths-based and co-created ways of working with people.

Social Impact Bonds 2.0: exploring the future of SIBs

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.

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.

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).

Evaluating the Money and Work prototype

An evaluation of Macmillan Cancer Support’s Money and Work prototype, which was being implemented in Nottinghamshire between April 2019 and April 2020.

Co-creation of Service Innovations in Europe (CoSIE)

PERU worked with a consortium of 24 partners across Europe on Co-creation of Service Innovations in Europe (CoSIE) from 2017 to 2021. Co-ordinated by Turku University of Applied Sciences, the consortium comprised universities, companies, public agencies and civil society organizations.

Evaluation of Cornwall Frequent Attenders Social Impact Bond

PERU are evaluating the Cornwall Frequent Attenders Social Impact Bond being delivered by With You (formally Addaction).

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.

Innovative Social Investment: Strengthening communities in Europe (InnoSI)

PERU is leading a large pan-European research project on Social Investment policies funded by the European Commission.

Rochdale Connections Trust: Freedom Programme Evaluation

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

Justice Reinvestment

Reviewing the available literature on Justice Reinvestment, interviewing key figures in the Justice Reinvestment movement in the US and looking at projects in the UK that have implemented elements of Justice Reinvestment.

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.

The costs and benefits of engaging volunteers from under-represented groups

Gaining a greater understanding of the costs and benefits of engaging volunteers from under-represented groups in the work of voluntary sector organisations through a survey and face-to-face interviews.

Evaluation of Peer Courts pilot

PERU, commissioned by Nacro, undertook a process, impact and economic evaluation of the Preston Peer Court pilot.

Process Evaluation of Community Legal Advice Centres and Networks

Leading an evaluation of Community Legal Advice Centres and Networks (CLACs and CLANs), set up to provide an integrated and seamless social welfare law service by integrating legal advice services in particular localities.

An economic review of domestic violence services in Cheshire

PERU undertook a short review of the evidence on the impact of domestic violence services, collected data on the economic cost of delivering the particular service under review and calculated the break-even point for the service to be cost effective.

An economic appraisal of the long-term costs and benefits of Young Carers services

Assessing the economic cost of delivering services to young carers and the potential benefits that might accrue to the tax payer and wider society from successful interventions.