Evaluating the Money and Work prototype

This project is an evaluation of Macmillan Cancer Support’s Money and Work prototype, which is being implemented in Nottinghamshire between April 2019 and April 2020. People often suffer financially when they have cancer; while Macmillan already provides support to people around their financial needs (covering money and work), the aim of the prototype is to see if there is a more effective way of providing that support. The project is evaluating financial and wellbeing outcomes for Macmillan customers who are taking part in the prototype, and will use quasi-experimental methods to identify the unique contribution of the prototype on financial outcomes. In addition, the project is testing a prototype Theory of Change as part of a process evaluation. The evaluation is funded by Macmillan Cancer Support

What is the need?

The main objective of the evaluation is to inform Macmillan’s 2020 decisions about the future direction of support it provides to people living with cancer.

What are we doing?

PERU are undertaking a comprehensive evaluation which includes process, impact and economic aspects. The evaluation design is mixed-method, and includes a Community Reporting component that is being led by People’s Voice Media.

What will be the outcomes?

Macmillan Cancer Support commissioned the Policy Evaluation and Research Unit (PERU) at Manchester Metropolitan University in March 2019 to undertake the evaluation. The prototype started to operate in April 2019. PERU will complete the evaluation in April 2020.

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