Since August 2008, the Social Exclusion Task Force (SETF) has been leading a rolling programme of Short Study projects. These studies involve intensive research analysis and policy development work on cross-cutting, social exclusion related issues.
Studies are commissioned by the Minister for the Cabinet Office, based on topics proposed by other Government departments. The studies generally support major policy commitments such as Public Service Agreements, key strategies or policy action plans. As they are cross-cutting in nature, both the SETF and the Departments who made the proposals provide resources.
The policy team has been engaged in the following projects to date:
- Aspirations and Attainment in Deprived Communities (published in December 2008) was a joint project between the SETF, DCSF and CLG. It explored the potential to raise the attainment of young people in deprived communities, by raising aspirations and changing attitudes within the communities. Following analysis from this report, the Government announced the £10m Inspiring Communities programme in the New Opportunities White Paper [External website], published in January 2009;
Further information on Aspirations and Attainment in Deprived Communities.
- Women Offenders (published in May 2009) is a joint project with the Ministry of Justice. The report brings together existing data and new analysis on women offenders, highlighting the complexity of women offenders’ needs, and draws out opportunities for further improvement in systems and support.
Further information on Women Offenders Short Study
- Working Together for Older People in Rural Areas (published in July 2009) is a joint project with the Department of Environment Food and Rural Affairs. It is examining the needs of older people living in rural areas.
Further information on Working Together for Older People in Rural Areas
- The Social Exclusion and the Economic Downturn study focuses on preventing the recession from triggering long term social exclusion. It is targeted at individuals on the cusp of developing complex and enduring problems.
Further information on Social Exclusion and the Economic Downturn study
- Primary Health Care for Socially Excluded Groups (to be published end of 2009) is a joint project between the Social Exclusion Task Force and the Department of Health. This study will look at how well the primary health care needs of the socially excluded are being met and will identify recommendations and tools for improvements.
Further information on Primary Health Care for Socially Excluded Groups.