The Migrant Access Project Plus (MAPP) is an evolution of Leeds City Council’s Migrant Access Project, which was itself evaluated in 2015. This project builds on an existing collaboration with Leeds City Council in the area of migration and inclusion of new arrivals in Leeds. It involves councillors, NGOs, services and migrant residents, promoting an agenda focused on access to services and the opportunities that migration and diversity create for the City.
The MAPP evaluation involves conversations with project staff, partners and stakeholders, based on the recommendations made from the previous evaluation (with a focus on health and housing services). The contract with the Leeds City Council has been renewed this year based on our previous interim report and new funding opportunities to extend the MAPP to new disadvantaged areas in Leeds.
In the 2015 evaluation, three main methods were applied. Given the success of this approach the team uses two of these methods for the evaluation of MAPP:
We are also conducting successful focus groups with the Migrant Community Networkers involved in MAPP, which help to include the first hand experiences of project workers and especially the voices of the newly arrived and their communities.
Data will be collected via a number of Listening Laboratories where migrant networkers and their communities map out the needs, issues and horizons of the dozens of members from the different national, ethnic or language backgrounds.
The specific objectives of the evaluation are to provide qualitative insight into the impact of MAPP project streams on:
The MAPP evaluation project builds upon recent research collaborations with Leeds City Council, funded through the University of Leeds Social Science Institute’s Impact Acceleration Fund: Migration, Equality and Social Cohesion: Promoting Inter-Community Dialogue in Times of Change (Jan 2017-18) (led by Gabriella Alberti, LUBS).
Leeds Migration Research Network (LeedsMRN) - an interdisciplinary research network of academics and practitioners in the area of migration research based out of the University of Leeds.
Key recommendations from this project include: