• Establishing the reach of Cheshire Children's Fund: April 2006 - March 2007

      Alford, Simon; Thurston, Miranda; University of Chester, Centre for Public Health Research (University of Chester, 2008-01)
      Monitoring and evaluation is a significant and obligatory element of Children’s Fund projects nationwide, with statutory returns made to the Department for Children, Schools and Families. The aim of the additional monitoring work commissioned by Cheshire Children’s Fund and carried out by the Centre for Public Health Research was to provide a more detailed picture of the children who had been referred to services, and for what reasons. This was made possible through the development of a system to track individuals and capture routine service data.
    • Establishing the reach of the Cheshire Children's Fund April 2005 - March 2006: Database development and implementation

      Alford, Simon; Thurston, Miranda (Centre for Public Health Research, University of Chester, 2006-10)
      This project report discusses the development of a system that identified individual service users from a selected number of Cheshire Children's Fund services chosen to provide electronic data to allow detailed analysis. The majority of services asked to provide electronic data returns were either based in schools or with serivces which were providing support to schools.
    • An evaluation of the Cheshire and Merseyside Public Health Network 'Drink a Little Less, See a Better You' social marketing campaign

      Thurston, Miranda; Alford, Simon; Hughes, Deanna; Centre for Public Health Research, University of Chester (Centre for Public Health Research, University of Chester, 2010-07)
      Drink a Little Less, See a Better You: The NHS Health Check and Wind Down initiative is a social marketing campaign designed to reduce alcohol harm in the target group - men between the ages of 35-55 years - in the pub setting. In order to understand the impact of this initiative, the Cheshire and Merseyside Public Health Network commissioned the Centre for Public Health Research at the University of Chester to carry out an evaluation.
    • Evaluation of the Dads group at Blacon Children's Centre

      Alford, Simon; Perry, Catherine; Mann, Frances; University of Chester, Centre for Public Health Research (University of Chester, 2008-04-27)
      This study was designed to evaluate Blacon Children’s Centre Dads Group. A mixed method approach was used, incorporating both quantitative and qualitative methods. Through combining the findings from the various sources, some key issues were identified, as well as areas for development. Nearly all of the dads who were attending the Dads Group, along with all of the regular service providers, participated in this study, and thus the findings should accurately reflect perceptions of the service.
    • An evaluation of the delivery and outcomes of Halton Lodge Children's Centre's French language teaching service: La Petite Ecole

      Alford, Simon; Perry, Catherine; University of Chester, Centre for Public Health Research (University of Chester, 2008-07)
      This was an exploratory study designed to provide an overview of the processes and outcomes of the La Petite École service, to aid Halton Lodge Children's Centre staff in deciding future strategy with regard to language teaching activity. A combination of quantitative and qualitative methods were employed. The evaluation found evidence that the La Petite École service at Halton Lodge Children’s Centre was meeting its aims and objectives. The La Petite École service provides opportunities for enjoyable and shared experiences leading to the learning of basic French vocabulary for both children and adults.
    • Exploring the impact of the Burnley Food and Fitness Aimed at Lowering Obesity (BUFFALO) project - executive summary

      Alford, Simon; Perry, Catherine; Thurston, Miranda; Centre for Public Health Research, University of Chester (Centre for Public Health Research, University of Chester, 2010-03)
      The BUFFALO project (Burnley Food and Fitness Aimed at Lowering Obesity) is a children’s obesity prevention project targeting Year 5 (9 to 10 year old) pupils in primary schools in Burnley. It is co-ordinated and delivered by Burnley Borough Council in partnership with East Lancashire Primary Care Trust. The BUFFALO project involves curriculum input during the normal school day for one afternoon per week in each Year 5 class for the first school term, followed by a 10 week programme of after school activities. The BUFFALO project team commissioned the Centre for Public Health Research at the University of Chester to explore the impact of the BUFFALO project using data which had been routinely collected.
    • Knowsley at Heart community NHS health checks: Behaviour change evaluation

      Alford, Simon; Perry, Catherine; Centre for Public Health Research, University of Chester (Centre for Public Health Research, University of Chester, 2010-07)
      The purpose of this evaluation was to explore the experience of the residents of Knowsley of the community NHS health checks. A qualitative research strategy was utilised. It was evident from the evaluation that NHS Knowsley had been successful in engaging people in the community NHS health check programme. The service users commented positively on the health checks. A minority of participants were unsure what steps to take after the community health check, however, the majority of participants made some form of lifestyle change as a result of attending the check.
    • The local evaluation of Halton's Healthy Living programme annual reach report, August 2004 - July 2005

      Alford, Simon; Samuels, Tanya; Perry, Catherine (Centre for Public Health Research, University of Chester, 2005-10)
      This project report discusses an evaluation of the services of Halton's Healthy Living Centre, which aims to promote good health, reduce health inequalities, and improve the health of the most disadvantaged in Halton.
    • The local evaluation of Halton's Healthy Living Programme annual reach report, August 2005 - July 2006

      Alford, Simon; Perry, Catherine (Centre for Public Health Research, University of Chester, 2006-11)
      This project report evaluates the Halton Healthy Living Programme, of which there are four key strands - arts, complementary therapy, food and physical activity.
    • The local evaluation of Knutsford’s Healthy Living Network: January 2006 – December 2006

      Alford, Simon; Perry, Catherine (Centre for Public Health Research, University of Chester, 2007-06-01)
      This was an exploratory study designed to evaluate the Knutsford Healthy Living Network (KHLN), one of many Healthy Living Centres (HLC) in the UK. The HLC initiative aims to ensure people can achieve their optimum state of health and well-being. The project report aims to establish the reach of KHLN services by monitoring the level of service usage using a database designed to capture service activity.
    • Mapping and gapping services for children, young people and families in Blacon

      Ward, Fiona; Goldthorpe, Joanna; Alford, Simon; Thurston, Miranda; Perry, Catherine; Centre for Public Health Research, University of Chester (University of Chester, 2009-01-01)
      This research report provides a map of the services available to children and families in Blacon and explores whether there are any gaps in provision.
    • Providing health care for the homeless population: An evaluation of Chester City Homeless PMS pilot

      Alford, Simon; Perry, Catherine (Centre for Public Health Research, University College Chester, 2005-06)
      This project evaluates the Chester City Homeless PMS pilot. Homeless people, when compared to the general population, have poor health, one reason being their infrequent use of health care services. In 2001 a PMS pilot to provide primary health care to homeless people was established in Chester.
    • RESPECT: A personal development programme for young people at risk of social exclusion - Final Report

      Ward, Fiona; Thurston, Miranda; Alford, Simon; Centre for Public Health Research, University of Chester (University of Chester, 2009-10)
      The RESPECT programme was funded for three years from the Government’s Invest to Save initiative. It brought together a number of elements of Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service’s earlier work with young people in a concerted attempt to tackle wider challenges pertinent to the fire services and partner agencies. RESPECT was a targeted intervention for young people living in Cheshire, Halton and Warrington who were aged 11 to 16 years and who were disaffected and/or displayed antisocial behaviour.
    • Sure Start Blacon reach report, April 2004 - March 2005

      Ward, Fiona; Alford, Simon; Thurston, Miranda; Pearson, Charlotte (Centre for Public Health Research, University of Chester, 2006-03)
      This project report discusses Sure Start computerised records (covering personal details of all registrations within the Sure Start programme and records of each serivce and which service users have accessed them) which allow the 'reach' of the local programme across Blacon to be established between 1 April 2004 and 31 March 2005.
    • Sure Start Ellesmere Port reach report, May 2005 - December 2005

      Alford, Simon; Thurston, Miranda (Centre for Public Health Research, University of Chester, 2006-07)
      This project report discusses the 'reach' of the Sure Start programme in Ellesmere Port.
    • Sure Start Halton Children’s Centres: User satisfaction survey

      Alford, Simon; Perry, Catherine; University of Chester, Centre for Public Health Research (University of Chester, 2008-05)
      Children’s Centres are required to establish, on an annual basis, the percentage of parents with children aged 0 to 5 years reporting that they are satisfied with the services for families with young children. The Centre for Public Health Research (CPHR) was commissioned to undertake this survey of parent and carer satisfaction with Halton Children’s Centres’ services in February 2008. The survey was the first of this kind to be carried out on behalf of all Halton Children’s Centres.
    • Sure Start Jolly Giraffe user satisfaction survey

      Alford, Simon; Perry, Catherine; Davies, Sarah (Cente for Public Health Research, University College Chester, 2005-07)
      This project report discusses an evaluation of the Sure Start Jolly Giraffe programme in Halton.
    • Sure Start new steps user satisfaction survey

      Alford, Simon; Perry, Catherine (Centre for Public Health Research, University College Chester, 2005-07)
      This project report discusses users' satifaction with Sure Start services in the New Steps area.
    • Sure Start Widnes Children’s Centres: An evaluation of a new programme

      Powell, Katie; Perry, Catherine; Alford, Simon (Centre for Public Health Research, University of Chester, 2007-06-01)
      This project reports evaluates the publicity material created and used by Sure Start Widnes Children's Centres.
    • Sure Start Widnes Trailblazer research report, April 2004-March 2005

      Alford, Simon; Perry, Catherine (Centre for Public Health Research, University of Chester, 2006-04)
      This project report discusses Sure Start computerised records (covering personal details of all registrations within the Sure Start programme and records of each serivce and which service users have accessed them) which allow the development of Sure Start to be monitored on a national scale. Monitoring data loaded onto a Meggs, Costoya and Attfield database and combined the use of a range of computer-based programmes to interrogate, analyse and evaluate the reach of Sure Start Widnes Trailblazer and the individual services which the programme has delivered between 1 April 2004 and 31 March 2005.