Steve is a specialist in neighbourhood baseline studies, cost benefit framework, quantitative and qualitative evaluation, and project development through evidence-based commissioning. He supports HELP’s work on the evidence base for community development and preventive interventions involving active communities. He is particularly interested in making the most of the interface between residents’ perceptions of their community’s needs, and the potential for creative and evidence-based commissioning across the range of services through community partnership, which may prove highly cost-effective as well as enhancing health and well-being.
Steve has written area profiles of inequalities, using small area mapping with an increasing emphasis on health and the interaction of the determinants of health, in many parts of the country. His work on independent living for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation was instrumental in the development of the Supporting People programme, and led to work on its implementation with five government departments.
His assessment of older people’s well-being in a London borough led to a three-year Invest to Save pilot called Smiling More Often, funded by the Treasury and the Department of Health, in which three wellbeing workers promoted healthy activity through peer support.
This led to an Older People’s Needs Assessment in Sutton, and a Baseline Assessment of Prevention and Early Intervention Services in Sutton and Merton. These matched up community and service activity geographically with the distribution of emergency admissions and other indicators to create an evidence-based model for neighbourhood level whole system pathways.