What can The Care Forum do to help my organisation?

We are always happy to talk about how you can use our skills. If you know of an issue that needs to be aired, or want to find out more about local experiences to help your planning, we can help. We can run meetings from large conferences to focus groups. We can host surveys. We research and share best practice in health and social care.

Bespoke Commissioned Research

The Care Forum offers bespoke research support and experience across a whole range of health and social care themes. We can undertake specific projects on request, either in partnership or independently.

We’ve previously worked with:

  • NHS Bristol on an analysis of perceptions of end of life care
  • The University of Bristol, to analyse the economic impact of the third sector in Bristol and Bath
  • Second Step, on the monitoring and reporting of their Wellbeing Options social prescribing project
  • The Avon Wildlife Trust, to evaluate their Communities and Nature programme.

In-house Research and Evaluation

  • Healthwatch data analysis and reporting
  • Monitoring and Evaluation of TCF projects

The Research and Evaluation Project Group members are:

  • Research and Evaluation Coordinator
  • Business Systems Coordinator:
  • Healthwatch research volunteers

Contact our Research and Evaluation Coordinator for more information: admin@thecareforum.org.uk or 0117 9654444

Would you like The Care Forum to evaluate your project or work with you on some research?

The Care Forum offers bespoke research support and experience across a whole range of health and social care themes. We can undertake specific projects on request, either in partnership or independently.

Impact

Working with Avon Wildlife Trust to evaluate the Communities in Nature programme

The Avon Wildlife Trust (AWT) commissioned The Care Forum to carry out an independent evaluation of its Communities and Nature (CAN) Programme.
CAN aim: to improve the health and wellbeing of marginalised communities through outdoor nature activities.
Methodology: TCF developed and agreed outcome indicators with AWT, and used them to measure how far health and wellbeing, social inclusion and connection to green spaces were increased.
Results: outcomes were achieved or surpassed almost across the board, with many voices and stories as testament to the effect CAN had on people’s lives;
Outcome 1 – People from vulnerable groups feel less isolated and more included, with improved health and wellbeing
Outcome 2 – Young people not in employment or training have improved self-confidence, better life skills and improved health and wellbeing
Outcome 3 – Low-income families and elders in socially-deprived communities have improved access to a better quality natural environment, increasing their quality of life
Outcome 4 – Communities with higher indices of deprivation are more cohesive with more people involved in creating a better environment

Supporting Second Step with the monitoring and evaluation of the Wellbeing Options project

The Care Forum worked with Second Step to monitor and evaluate the delivery of the pilot of their community social prescribing service.

The aim of the pilot was to create an evidence base using monitoring data, demonstrating improvements in the health and wellbeing of Wellbeing Options service users. This evidence base was included in a successful collaborative bid for funding to further develop, enhance and deliver social prescribing in Bath and North East Somerset.