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SERIO will be working with Community Housing Aid and Encompass South West as their evaluation partner following their successful bid to the Vulnerable and Disengaged Young People Fund to extend the existing Nightstop Devon project into Northern Devon.

Nightstop Devon provides emergency accommodation in the homes of approved and trained volunteer hosts for young homeless people aged between 16 and 25 years.

The evaluation will examine the level of need for the service in Northern Devon and current provision. This will enable an impact measurement once the project has been established in North Devon. The evaluation will be based upon a pluralistic approach, incorporating both secondary and primary research methods. The secondary research will involve a desk based analysis of a range of data sources. Primary research will include an online survey of Nightstop's stakeholders, including volunteers, referral agencies and staff, which will be followed up by a number of in-depth telephone interviews to explore key themes in more detail. A focus groups will be undertaken with service users to explore their views and experiences of the Nightstop Devon service.

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