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All Wales Academic Social Care Research Collaboration (ASCC)

Project delivery

ASCC will be delivered by three linked projects.

Project 1: Skills and capacity development in social care and social work research

Led by Bangor University and working in partnership with the Wales Council for Voluntary Action (WCVA), this pilot seeks to build social care R&D capacity within the third sector both at national, regional and local levels. It focuses on the development of quantitative skills to inform mixed methods research design and data analysis in social care research.  It builds on existing work to identify and exploit national datasets to inform the planning and delivery of social care services.

Project 2: Research and practice in social care and social work: 'Making Research Count'

Led by Swansea University and involving the Older People & Ageing Research & Development Network (OPAN Cymru). This project is developing the research-practice interface in social care and social work. It will develop capacity within practice settings by encouraging practitioners/managers to undertake doctoral studies and by developing a 'Making Research Count'-style approach in Wales. It will translate existing research materials and help practitioners to consume, understand, synthesize and use research; as well as assisting practitioners and managers to develop their own capacity to develop an evidence base. The initiative will also aim to achieve an increase in communication between practitioners and research communities.

Project 3: Adult Social Care and the Foundational Economy

Led by Cardiff University, this  research project will examine provision and delivery of adult social care by means of social licencing, social enterprises, co-operatives and not for profit organisations. The project will be rooted in the arguments for a ‘Foundational Economy’ (Bentham et al 2013; Law and Williams 2014) and will involve collaboration with colleagues in Manchester, Durham and Queen Mary University. This project will adopt multi-method approaches within a case study framework (Yin 2014).  A range of methods will be employed including reviews of the literature, interviews with key stakeholders, analysis of routine data and geo-spatial data, economic and organisational modelling and comparative policy research.  It will build on the skills and knowledge available form a multi-disciplinary steering group (see governance).  In addition, through collaboration, it will establish a lasting and unique network of researchers, policy actors and practitioners working in the field. The aim will be to undertake:


  • comparative policy research on not-for profit social care provision in the UK and in other countries (examples might include Emilia Romagna; British Columbia; Basque Region; Barcelona). 
  • describe the current extent of not-for profit sector provision in Wales and where possible compare with levels in other regions of the UK and Europe; 
  • analyse the standard UK adult social care agency business models and its consequences for the extent and quality of care and for employment conditions (including pay and hours); 
  • collate evidence on the potential benefits of a foundational economy approach in terms of changes to work and organisational aspects of home care; 
  • undertake a case study in Wales (with a potential comparative case study in Enfield) to assess and identify mechanisms and policy interventions that enable Local Authorities to shift towards not-for-profit provision.

Additional Research Team:

Karel Williams (Manchester University)

Julie Froud (Manchester University)

Paula Hyde (Durham University)

Sukhdev Johal (Queen Mary University)