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Covid-19 and social care: Longitudinal research with social care users
Covid-19 poses significant and specific challenges for the delivery of adult social care. However, less is known about the impact Covid-19 has had on vulnerable adults in receipt of social care, the extent to which their care has been disrupted, and how this has evolved over the course of the pandemic. This session will highlight the value of public opinion research in furthering understanding of the impact of Covid-19 on adult social care provision at a local level, sharing insight on the lived experiences of social care users during the pandemic, and exploring some of the lessons that providers and councils can learn about how best to deliver care locally, both now and in the future.
Nicola Daine, Project Manager, Norfolk County Council & Hettie Hill, Research Lead, BritainThinks

The impact of Covid-19: the voices of less heard groups influencing public health
Working with the Buckinghamshire Public Health Team, M·E·L Research conducted behavioural research to understand the impact of Covid-19 and lockdown measures on priority groups. This research, alongside resident surveys, has informed the Public Health Team’s recovery planning and ongoing Covid-19 response. This slot will cover:

  • Engaging ‘hard-to-reach’ (or less heard) groups during a pandemic
  • How different groups view Covid and how this translates into different approaches and different messages
  • Using qualitative data to influence public health
  • Weaving in qualitative research with quantitative findings

Adam Knight-Markiegi, Research Director, M·E·L Research & Lucie Smith, Public Health Principal, Buckinghamshire Council

Longitudinal research in a pandemic: researcher reflections
This session will share key findings from our research with Essex residents through lockdown, exploring resilience factors and changes over time. This was the first longitudinal research we delivered as a team, and we will discuss how the shift to remote working enabled this type of methodology, and challenges we encountered along the way.
Poppy Reece & Maresa Beazley, Senior Researchers, Essex County Council


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