Neighbourhood Approaches to Loneliness Programme Evaluation

Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF)

Qa was commissioned to evaluate the Joseph Rowntree Foundation’s Neighbourhood approaches to loneliness programme.

The three-year action research programme looked at how community activities could contribute to the well-being of people at risk of or experiencing loneliness; how they could play a central role in this activity; and how this involvement could in turn enhance community well-being.

The programme supported and facilitated community activists to address loneliness amongst people in four neighbourhoods within the districts of Bradford (Bradford Moor and Denholme) and York (Carr Estate, and New Earswick). There was also a focus on increasing the security, independence and well-being of people at risk of or experiencing loneliness.

Key aims of the programme were to:

  • Explore what those experiencing or at risk of loneliness think they can do to change their situation;
  • Work with local communities and providers to adopt approaches and innovations that reflect this;
  • Influence the willingness of others in the neighbourhood to engage and contribute; and
  • Capture and share lessons in ways which are meaningful, enduring and replicable.
  • Evaluation methodology

Working alongside the Programme Manager since September 2011 Qa has now completed the evaluation and recently launched the report which is publicly available. The evaluation methodology has included:

In-depth interviews with key stakeholders

  • Case studies with community activists
  • Critical friend support to the Programme Manager
  • Desk research
  • Focus groups with residents
  • A community baseline and follow-up survey

Find the evaluation report here: http://www.jrf.org.uk/publications/loneliness-evaluation

You can read more about how the programme here:

http://www.jrf.org.uk/work/workarea/neighbourhood-approaches-loneliness

Qa also contributed to a free resource pack which is available for free here: http://www.jrf.org.uk/publications/loneliness-resource-pack