Evaluating Scotland’s first Managed Alcohol Programme

  • Carver, Hannah (PI)
  • Parkes, Tessa (CoI)
  • Hunt, Kate (CoI)
  • Pauly, Bernie (CoI)
  • Shorter, Gillian (PI)
  • Emslie, Carol (PI)

Project Details


People experiencing homelessness and alcohol dependence often encounter acute and chronic harms. Abstinence-based treatment approaches can be difficult for some to comply with, so other approaches are needed. Managed Alcohol Programmes (MAPs) are a residential harm reduction intervention specifically for people experiencing homelessness and alcohol dependence: the first service in Scotland opened in late 2021. This study will involve a realist review; quantitative data collection from 10 MAP residents and 10 people experiencing alcohol dependence and homelessness in other services to compare their alcohol use and health outcomes. Interviews will also be conducted with 10 MAP residents, 10 staff in the service, 10 external stakeholders (such as healthcare professionals, third sector organisations and police) and 10 local residents to understand their views and experiences. There is a need for a robust and rigorous academic evaluation in Scotland to understand the benefits and challenges of the MAP and provide learning to other organisations for future service implementation.
Effective start/end date1/12/2330/11/24

UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This project contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities


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