Independent report

End of Life Social Action Fund: evaluation

This report provides an independent evaluation of the End of Life Social Action Fund.


Evaluation of the End of Life Social Action Fund

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This document looks at key findings and lessons learned from the evaluation of the End of Life Social Action Fund. The Cabinet Office commissioned Lancaster University’s International Observatory on End of Life Care and the Institute for Volunteering Research to conduct the evaluation.

Six organisations, covering eleven sites nationally, were funded between January 2015 and March 2016 to deliver social action befriending services. Evaluation work began in January 2015 to explore how effective the services were at improving quality of life for adults in the last year of life. The evaluation included both a wait-list Randomised Controlled Trial and eight qualitative case studies.

This report aims to provide lessons for similar interventions in the future.

Published 17 November 2016