BREAKING THE CYCLE THROUGH SOCIAL INVESTMENT
Mairi Ann Cullen1, Professor Geoff Lindsay1, Dr Stephen M. Cullen1, Dr Barbara Allen2, Bernard H. Casey3, Matthew Pike4, Dr Russ Bubley4, Dr Ray Evans1
1Centre for Educational Development, Appraisal and Research (CEDAR), 2International Centre for Governance and Public Management (IGPM), Warwick Business School, 3Warwick Institute for Employment Research (IER)
The Big Lottery funded Addaction and its research partner, CEDAR, to conduct a research project, Breaking the Cycle Through Social Investment, designed to evidence whether social investment models can work to support families affected by parental substance misuse. Addaction is a national drug and alcohol charity with over 40 years’ experience of working in the field of substance misuse. CEDAR led a team of researchers and experts in the emergent social investment market that worked alongside Addaction to examine the applicability of social investment models in the support of parental substance misuse. The researchers tracked the experiences of 300 families supported by Addaction's 'Breaking the Cycle' project and the impact of that intervention on improving their lives. The research showed how cost savings are evidenced, how savings generated by a service can be used to fund that service, and how this funding model can work across multiple budgets. The research outcomes were widely shared with interested parties. The project was funded under the Big Lottery Next Steps programme.