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End of Life Social Action Study (ELSA) project – evaluating volunteering in end of life care

Background

The Cabinet Office Centre for Social Action and Hospice UK has provided £1m for social action projects that support people at the end of life and their families.  

The fund will help projects that engage volunteers in social interaction that improves the experience of people at the end of their lives.

IVR and the International Observatory on End of Life Care at Lancaster University are to undertake an 18-month evaluation of the programme to explore the impact of volunteering in funded services.

Aims

The evaluation focuses on understanding the causal impact of social action services on end of life services. We are seeking to determine if volunteers make a difference to quality of life, loneliness, social support and carer burden, and to understand what influences their impact.

Methods

The evaluation will involve two core elements:

  • a quantitative element, using outcome measurement tools, to determine the impact of the social action volunteer service. This includes a multiple site wait-list, randomised controlled trial. Each site will be a social action volunteer service. This will determine service impact
  • in-depth qualitative organisational case studies to understand the processes and determinants of impact.

The lead contact for this project is This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . More details of the evaluation can be found on the UK Clinical Research Network Study Portfolio.

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