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Miss Adele Irving

CPP Research Associate

Department: Social Sciences

ADSS Adelleirving Staffprofile 255Adele joined Northumbria University in summer 2005, after graduating from the university with a first class BA politics degree. Since then, Adele has completed a masters degree in public administration (MPA), gained considerable research experience and teaches at postgraduate level.

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Qualifications

MA, BA

  • MA Public Administration, Northumbria University, June 2008, Distinction
  • BA Politics, Nottingham/Northumbria University, June 2005, First Class

Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

Research Interests

Adele’s areas of research interest and experience include the social impacts of the arts, multiple social exclusion/homelessness, welfare reform and youth offending. Adele has managed and/or assisted the delivery of a number of applied research and evaluation projects, on behalf of, and funded by, a range of clients, including: the European Commission, the Department for Work and Pensions, Newcastle City Council, Newcastle Youth Offending Team, Helix Arts, the Cyrenians, VONNE and the North East Offender Health Commissioning Unit. Projects typically consist of strategic reviews, service evaluations and the identification of evidence bases to support new service development and policy change. Adele is currently exploring the relationship between housing and exclusion, focusing on the levels of exclusion faced by low-income households living in Houses in Multiple Occupation in particular, through doctoral study.

Professional Activity

Key Roles in the Department

  • Identifying tender opportunities
  • Developing research proposals
  • Managing and delivering research and evaluation projects
  • Disseminating research and evaluation findings

Teaching

Adele teaches ‘Comparative Public Administration’, on the Masters In Public Administration (MPA) programme.

Sponsors and Collaborators

Members of Bodies

  • North East Homelessness Think Tank

 

Affiliated Research Website

The Northumbria Centre for Offenders and Offending

 

Grants and Awards

Safer Sutton Partnership, ‘Audit of Faith Group Activity across the London Borough of Sutton’, with Rachael Chapman, Paul Biddle and Bankcole Cole, £5,000, June 2013.

Durham County Council, ‘Evaluation of Through the Gate Plus’, with Jamie Harding, Charlotte Bilby and Louise Ridley, £10,000, June 2013.

Youth Homeless North East, ‘Youth Homelessness in the North East’ Survey 2013, £1,000, March 2013.

Northern Rock Foundation, ‘Exploring the Relationship between Living in Houses in Multiple Occupation and Experiences of Disadvantage’, with Jamie Harding and Mark Cieslik, in partnership with Newcastle City Council, £10,000, 2013.

Institute for Local Government, ‘Evaluation of the Impacts of Welfare Reform on Households in the North East’, with Teesside University, £25,000, 2013.

Northern Rock Foundation, ‘Evaluation of Recover Support Work’, with Mike Rowe and Sarah Soppitt, £17,5000, 2013.

Northern Rock Foundation, ‘Homelessness and Welfare Reform: Mitigating the Impacts’, with the North East Homelessness Think Tank, £12,4000, 2013

BIG Lottery Fund, ‘Creativity Matters’, with Equal Arts, £30,000, 2012.

Institute for Local Government, ‘Evaluation of the 'High Impact Households' Project’, with Mike Rowe, Sarah Soppitt and Suzanne Martin, £12,000, 2012.

Newcastle Youth Offending Team, ‘Evaluation of the Role of a Public Health Nurse within Newcastle Youth Offending Team’, £5,000, 2012.

Millfield House Foundation and Northern Rock Foundation, ‘Male Action Project: Exploring the Lives of Male Sex Workers in the North East’, with Mary Laing and the Cyrenians, £5,000, 2012.

The Cyrenians, ‘Cost-benefit analysis of housing-related support services for homeless people (Cyrenians case study)’, with Jamie Harding and Sarah Soppitt, £10,000, 2011.

VONNE Policy and Representation Partnership, ‘Meeting the Housing-Related Support Needs of Homeless People in the North East: The Voluntary and Community Sector Perspective’, with the Cyrenians, £12,000, 2011.

Northern Rock Foundation, ‘PEER: Exploring the Hidden Lives of Sex Workers in the North East’, with Mary Laing and the Cyrenians, £4,000, 2011.

NHS South of Tyne and Wear and Equal Arts, 'Creative Ageing', £10,000, 2011,

Webb Trust, 'Origins of Poverty', with Jamie Harding, Mary Laing and the Cyrenians, £20,000, 2010.

Intercultural Arts and Culture, Creativity and Education (CCE), 'Creative Policies for Creative Cities', £6,000, 2010.

Helix Arts, 'Evaluation of ‘Choices’ and ‘Moving On’ programmes', £10,000, 2010.

Current/Recent Projects

Research Projects

‘Evaluation of Through the Gate Plus', with Jamie Harding, Charlotte Bilby and Louise Ridley, funded by Durham County Council, in progress, £10,000.

'Exploring the Relationship between Living in Houses in Multiple Occupation and Experiences of Disadvantage’, with Jamie Harding and Mark Cieslik, in partnership with Newcastle City Council, funded by the Northern Rock Foundation, in progress, £10,000.

‘Evaluation of the National Ugly Mugs Scheme’, with Mary Laing (Northumbria University) and Jane Pitcher (Loughborough University), commissioned by the UK Network of Sex Work Projects, 2013, £7,400.  

‘Evaluation of the Impacts of Welfare Reform on Households in the North East’, with Teesside University, funded by the Institute for Local Government, 2013, £25,000.

‘Evaluation of Recover Support Work’, with Mike Rowe and Sarah Soppitt, commissioned by Northumbria Probation Trust, funded by the Northern Rock Foundation, in progress, £17,500.

‘Homelessness and Welfare Reform: Mitigating the Impacts’, with Dr Jamie Harding and the North East Homelessness Think Tank, funded by Northern Rock Foundation, in progress, £12,400. 

‘Evaluation of Newcastle City Council’s Whole Market Approach to Homelessness Prevention (2)’, with Jamie Harding, commissioned by Newcastle City Council, in progress, £10,000.

‘Evaluation of the Intensive Support to Care Leavers Scheme’, with Jamie Harding, commissioned by Home Housing Group, £9,000.

‘Creativity Matters’, commissioned by Equal Arts, funded by the BIG Lottery Found, in progress, £30,000.

This project is evaluating the impact of a series of art-based workshops on the wellbeing of older people living in care homes in Gateshead and South Tyneside.

‘Male Action Project: Exploring the Lives of Male Sex Workers in the North East’, with Mary Laing, commissioned by the Cyrenians, funded by Millfield House Foundation and Northern Rock Foundation, February 2013.

The aim of this project is to further develop the evidence-base in relation to the nature of the male sex industry in the North East and the needs of ‘survival’ male sex workers. In addition, the project will incorporate a programme of campaigning activities to stimulate and facilitate policy change at the local, regional and national levels. The overall aim of the campaign will be to promote the need for gender-nuanced policy around prostitution and the adoption of a proactive approach to meeting the regulatory and support needs of male sex workers.

‘Evaluation of the Policy and Representation Partnership’, commissioned by VONNE, January 2013.

This evaluation explored the capacity of VCS organizations in the North East to engage in policy activity; the value of the work of the Partnership to date; and, where future investment could be targeted to further support the VCS in the North East to influence policy.

Evaluation of the 'High Impact Households' Project, with Mike Rowe, Sarah Soppitt and Suzanne Martin, funded by the Institute for Local Government, November 2012.

The purpose of the evaluation is to advise on the development of the High Impact Households pilot project and to develop a series of recommendations to inform the wider roll out of the project.

Creativity Matters, commissioned by Equal Arts, funded by the BIG Lottery Found, in progress.

This project is evaluating the impact of a series of art-based workshops on the wellbeing of older people living in care homes in Gateshead and South Tyneside.

Male Action Project: Exploring the Lives of Male Sex Workers in the North East, with Mary Laing, commissioned by the Cyrenians, funded by Millfield House Foundation and Northern Rock Foundation, in progress.

The aim of this project is to further develop the evidence-base in relation to the nature of the male sex industry in the North East and the needs of ‘survival’ male sex workers. In addition, the project will incorporate a programme of campaigning activities to stimulate and facilitate policy change at the local, regional and national levels. The overall aim of the campaign will be to promote the need for gender-nuanced policy around prostitution and the adoption of a proactive approach to meeting the regulatory and support needs of male sex workers.

Cost-benefit analysis of housing-related support services for homeless people (Cyrenians case study), with Jamie Harding and Sarah Soppitt, funded by the Cyrenians, in progress.

The aims of this project are: to assess the financial and social benefits of Supporting People funded services for homeless service users; to assess whether investment in packages of support that include HRS, produce a net financial and social benefit; and, to produce a model that can be used by LAs to evidence the value of HRS services.

Evaluation of the 'High Impact Households' Project, with Mike Rowe, Sarah Soppitt and Suzanne Martin, funded by the Institute for Local Government, in progress.

The purpose of the evaluation is to advise on the development of the High Impact Households pilot project and to develop a series of recommendations to inform the wider roll out of the project.

'Meeting the Housing-Related Support Needs of Homeless People in the North East', with the Cyrenians, funded by VONNE Policy and Representation Partnership, in progress.

This project is exploring the impact of public sector funding cuts on the capacity of local authorities and VCS organisations in the North East to meet the housing-related support needs of homeless people.

'PEER: Exploring the Lives of Sex Workers in Newcastle through Participatory Action Research’, with Mary Laing, commissioned by the Cyrenians, funded by Northern Rock Foundation, in progress.

This project aims to provide a detailed qualitative survey of the needs of sex workers in the North East, in order to inform evolving service provision in the context of changing law and local policy frameworks; to inform local prostitution strategies; and, to develop academic criminological and geographical theory and debate concerning the banishment of socially excluded groups from public space.

‘Evaluation of the Role of a Public Health Nurse within Newcastle Youth Offending Team’, commissioned by Newcastle Youth Offending Team, funded by Safe Newcastle, 2012.

The remit of the evaluation was to review the types and level of activity undertaken by the Public Health Nurse (PHN) since being appointed; identify and quantify improvements in the health outcomes of vulnerable young people as a result of engagement with the PHN; and, develop a series of recommendations regarding the future development of the role.

'Creative Ageing', commissioned by Equal Arts, funded by NHS South of Tyne and Wear, 2011.

This project was an evaluation of the impact of a programme of arts-based workshops on the health and wellbeing of older people showing early signs of dementia or depression and who are at risk of social exclusion, living in the Gateshead area.

'Origins of Poverty', with Jamie Harding and Mary Laing, commissioned by the Cyrenians, funded by the Webb Trust, 2011.

This project explored the causes of poverty and chronic exclusion among homeless people accessing emergency accommodation in the North East. The project focused on identifying points at which services could have been provided (or provided more effectively) to reduce their risk of chronic exclusion.

'The Effectiveness of Early Diversion Interventions in Tackling Youth Offending', with Sarah Soppitt, funded by Newcastle Youth Offending Team, 2011.

The aims of this project were to provide an evidence base to support the positive impacts of early diversion interventions (Triage, in particular) on young people involved in low level crime and to develop a series of recommendations for the wider roll-out of the Triage model.

'Review of the Management of Coronary Heart Disease (CHD) in HMP Holme House, Kirklevington Grange, Acklington and Frankland', with Wendy Dyer and Paul Biddle, funded by the North East Offender Health Commissioning Unit, 2010.

This project was a review of the management of CHD in the case study prisons, in order to inform the development of improved management arrangements in line with the National Service Framework for CHD and NICE guidelines.

'Mapping Clinical Pathways in HMP Holme House, Kirklevington Grange, Acklington and Frankland', with Wendy Dyer and Paul Biddle, funded by the North East Offender Health Commissioning Unit, 2010.

This project involved mapping the clinical pathway from prison healthcare to community healthcare in the case study prisons, in order inform the development of seamless through-care and a comprehensive discharge planning process in the future.

‘Creative Policies for Creative Cities’, commissioned by Intercultural Arts, funded by Culture, Creativity and Education (CEE), 2010.

Working in partnership with CCE and Intercultural Arts, this project explored the engagement of marginalised groups in delivering culture-led urban regeneration. This was one aspect of an EU-wide project investigating the potential role of the creative industries in intercultural dialogue within the expanding EU.

‘Lone Parent Obligations’, CPP team, funded by the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP), 2009.

Working in conjunction with Inclusion, this project evaluated the extent to which lone parent employment interventions provided an effective incentive to work, alongside an effective package of support for workless lone parents to enable them to find, enter and sustain paid employment.

‘Evaluation of ‘Choices’ and ‘Moving On’ programmes’, with Jude Murphy and Abigail Archer, funded by Helix Arts, 2009.

This project explored the impact of arts-based workshops on the re-offending rates of young offenders and to develop methodologies for assessing the intrinsic importance of creative activity on people’s lives.

‘WORKSTEP Customer Survey’, CPP team, funded by DWP, 2009.

This project involved providing baseline data on WOKSTEP customers to support an evaluation of the impact of the proposed new modular programme on the customer group, following IDEAS restructuring.

Key Publications

Research Reports

Irving, A. (2013) ‘Youth Homelessness in the North East: Survey Findings’, a report for Youth Homeless North East.   

Edwards, E., Jarvis, A., Crow, R., Crawshaw, P., Shaw K., Irving, A. and Whysker, A. (2013), ‘The Impact of Welfare Reform in the North East’, May 2013.

Laing, M., Pitcher, J. and Irving, A. (2013) ‘Evaluation of the National Ugly Mugs Scheme’, a report for the UK Network of Sex Work Projects.

Irving, A. and Laing, M. (2013) ‘Male Action Project: Summary of Outcomes’ report for the Cyrenians, Millfield House Trust and Northern Rock Foundation.

Laing, M. and Irving, A. (2013) ‘PEER: Exploring the Lives of Sex Workers in Tyne and Wear’, for the Cyrenians and Northern Rock Foundation.  

Irving, A. (2013) ‘Evaluation of the Policy and Representation Partnership’, for VONNE.

Rowe, M., Irving, A., Martin, S. and Soppitt, S. (2012) ‘Evaluation of the High Impact Households Project’, for the Institute of Local Governance.

Harding H., Irving, A. and Soppitt, S. (2012) ‘Cost-benefit analysis of housing-related support services for homeless people: Cyrenians case study’, a report for the Cyrenians.

Irving, A. (2012) ‘Meeting the housing-related support needs of homeless people in the North East’, a report for the Policy and Representation Partnership.

Irving, A. (2012) ‘Youth Homelessness in the North East: Survey Findings’, a report for Youth Homeless North East.

Irving, A. and Soppitt, S. (2012) ‘Evaluation of the role of a public health nurse within Newcastle Youth Offending Team’, Report for Newcastle Youth Offending Team.

Harding, J., Irving, A. and Laing, M. (2011) ‘Homelessness, pathways to exclusion and opportunities for intervention’, Northumbria Arts and Social Sciences Press.

Fitzpatrick, S., Harding, J., Irving, A., Pawson, H. and Sosenko, F. (2011) ‘Evaluating Newcastle City Council’s whole market approach to homelessness prevention’, Report for Newcastle City Council.

Soppitt, S. and Irving, A. (2011), ‘An evaluation into the effectiveness of the early diversion intervention ‘triage’ as a mechanism for tackling youth offending in Newcastle upon Tyne', Report for Newcastle Youth Offending Team.

Dyer, W., Irving, A. and Biddle, P. (2010) 'A review of the management of Coronary Heart Disease (CHD) in HMP Holme House and HMP Kirklevington Grange', Report for the Head of Healthcare at HMP Holme House and HMP Kirklevington Grange.

Dyer, W., Irving, A. and Biddle, P. (2010) 'Mapping clinical pathways from prison to community healthcare', Report for the Head of Healthcare at HMP Holme House and HMP Kirklevington Grange.

Irving, A. (2010) 'Creative policies for creative cities: the engagement of marginalised groups in culture-led urban regeneration', Report for Intercultural Arts and CCE.

Murphy, J., Archer, A. and Irving, A. (2009) ‘Evaluation of HELIX Arts Choices and Moving On programmes on young offenders’, Report for Helix Arts.

Conference Papers

Irving, A. and Baker, K. ‘Advancing Social Prescribing: Governing Networked Responses to Dementia’, Panel 4: ‘The Governance Of’ ‘Wicked Problems’: Emerging Coordination Practices in Public Administration’, IRSPM 2013, Prague, Czech Republic.

Irving, A. (2012) ‘Youth Homelessness in the North East Survey Findings’, Strategy for Change event, delivered by Youth Homeless North East, funded by the Northern Rock Foundation, 4th December 2012.

Harding, J. and Irving, A. (2012) ‘The Chicken or the Egg?  Appropriate Housing and Desistance from Offending’, paper delivered at the launch of the Centre for Offenders and Offending, Northumbria University.

Laing, M. and Irving, A. (2012) ‘Invisible Markets and Problematic Policies: Exploring the Lives of Sex Workers in Newcastle through Participatory Action Research’, Royal Geographical Society Annual Conference, University of Edinburgh, 3rd July 2012.

Harding, J. Irving, A. and Whowell, M. (2011) ‘Homelessness, Pathways to Exclusion and Opportunities for Intervention’, British Criminology Conference, Northumbria University, 6th July 2011.


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