Here you can find research and reports that may be relevant to your ASTF work


Low Commission research – an economic review of social welfare advice and tackling the advice deficit


Advice Westminster’s report on Improving Advice Journeys is now available. The report brings together research and data from advice services and agencies across the borough in an attempt to identify sources of demand for advice and to improve the lives of residents seeking advice, particularly those who are vulnerable or disadvantaged.  Follow them on twitter here.

Portsmouth ASTF partnership – read the report here: Revolving Door Survey FINAL updated Dec 2014

Joseph Rowntree Foundation – Understanding Everyday Help and Support

Youth Access: Practical guidelines for making advice services young person friendly 

and: The myth of the tech savvy generation

Solutions from the Frontline is a report produced by Making Every Adult Matter, and based on the ideas and experiences of people with multiple needs and those who support them. It sets out how the new Government, as well as national and local policy makers and commissioners, can act to reduce stigma, improve services, and support people to achieve their ambitions.

 Digital service delivery

Nesta’s latest blog on the challenges for charities of going digital.

 ‘Going Digital’  explores the unique set of challenges that charities face on their journey to digitising components of their work.  Key issues include how to develop or bring on board new skills, having a clear idea of the audience the tech is aimed at, keeping focused on strategy, getting input from partners, and knowing where to go for additional funding.

Legal aid cuts

Report on impact of legal aid cuts on advice giving charities in Liverpool,  produced by Jennifer Sigafoos at University of Liverpool: Impact of Legal Aid Cuts on Advice Charities in Liverpool

Measuring the impact of civil legal aid cuts

A study of the impact of legal aid cuts was undertaken and a report published in October 2013 by Tim Clark the then CEO of Barnet CAB.

The study considered the impact across 20 London CAB and Law Centres in London. The full paper can be read here (Report.Sept13)

For further information about this research, contact Tim Clark:

Report.Sept13 – appendices.Sept13 – Bibliography.Sept13

Organisational resilience

1. Resilience and leadership

Academi Wales (part of the Welsh Assembly) have kindly said we can share some of their resources here

There are resources at that link covering the following: leadership, collaborative working, creating high performing organisations, action learning an workforce engagement

2. Resilience and organisations

Applying resilience thinking, from the Stockholm Resilience Centre.

3. Building resilient, high impact charities 

A study on impact and efficiency in UK charities by Aleron Consulting


New Policy Institute annual assessment of poverty and other forms of disadvantage across the United Kingdom.

The report uses official data from a range of sources to look at trends and patterns across different indicators. Different indicators reveal different patterns, allowing us to get a better understanding of the contemporary nature of poverty and exclusion. This year’s key themes are money, housing, work, benefits, and services.

Other research

1. ‘Saving money by doing the right thing’

‘Saving Money by Doing the Right Thing’ was published by Locality recently and may be of relevance to ASTF partnerships.

It proposes that public services should be ‘local by default’; that they should help people help themselves; that they should focus on underlying purpose rather than outcome, and that they should manage value not cost.

2. Analysis of Transforming Local Infrastructure

Transforming Local Infrastructure (TLI) was a grant fund of over £30 million from the Office for Civil Society (OCS), administered by Big Fund, the nonlottery arm of the Big Lottery Fund. Awards were made to 74 partnerships across England, with the aim of transforming local infrastructure support for local charities and community groups. Projects ran between March 2012 and September 2013. This report provides an evaluation of the programme.