Over the years brap has written a number of reports on subjects ranging from education to criminal justice to refugees.
Once we've produced research, brap works strategically to see that it has an impact on the way that people do things. This is by far the most challenging aspect of our work. However, it's a crucial one. The sole purpose of research is change; it's not about filling bookshelves. If you're interested in finding out more about the variety of our work in this area have a look at our research page.
Here is a brief selection of some of our recent reports.
Social networks: their role in addressing poverty
Commissioned by: Joseph Rowntree Foundation
Recognising the importance of social networks in shaping people’s lives and influencing their capacity to access a range of opportunities, this report explores what networks can play in reducing poverty. Exploring how differences in social networks affect poverty among people from different ethnic backgrounds and the potential for current social networks to provide better support in relation to routes of poverty, this report is a timely read in light of the Big Society agenda.
Managing competing equality claims
Commissioned by: Equality and Diversity Forum
Commissioned by the Equality and Diversity Forum to stimulate debate about how to address situations where individual rights conflict, this report takes a practical approach, incorporating case studies of some recent ‘conflicts’ and identifying the lessons that can be drawn from them. Useful to anyone interested in dealing with workplace conflicts, promoting community cohesion, or deciding how to make and explain spending cuts in an increasingly lean financial environment.
Developing a human rights framework for cancer care
Commissioned by: Macmillan Cancer Support
Unfairness in the health system means there are major inequalities in cancer incidence, uptake of services, and outcomes according to people’s socio-economic position and other aspects of their background and identity. This report outlines how a human rights framework can be used to reinvigorate the relationship between staff and patients, to improve cancer treatment and the experience of care for everyone.
The Pied Piper
Commissioned by: CapacityBuilders
The Pied Piper is all about the black and minority ethnic third sector – its roots, the political context in which it operates, the challenges it faces, and its future development. As well as being a useful resource for people working with or for BME third sector organisations, The Pied Piper is a provocative and enjoyable account of the last 60 years of race relations – a good read as well as a good resource. Packed full of information and analysis, The Pied Piper shows that the development needs of the BME sector are different – but for reasons that are more complex than is generally understood. Nelarine Cornelius, Professor of Human Resource Management at Bradford University, described the book as “an excellent overview of modern race relations – extremely useful to anyone wanting to know why the BME third sector is the way it is.
Inequality and social exclusion
Commissioned by: Government Office for the West Midlands
For some years now it has been established practice for public sector organisations to engage and consult with third sector organisations. This comprehensive and – at times – provocative report examines how, why and with what purpose regional agencies engage with third sector equality bodies in the course of regional policy-making. Specifically, the report provides an indication of the support needs third sector and regional agencies have regarding equalities-related engagement, and how organisations have different views on what constitutes ‘effective’ engagement.