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