Research and Policy

Church Urban Fund's Research and Policy Team works to build evidence and analysis on key social issues and responses to them.

Research and Policy

Research and Policy engage with themes including social integration, homelessness, civil society, and financial inclusion, this includes:

  • Research: building an evidence base about church-related social engagement across England
  • Resources: strengthening local social action by sharing learning, providing data, and supporting theological reflection on practice
  • Impact: making sure that the impact and extent of our projects and programme is robustly and appropriately evaluated
  • Policy: influencing public debate and social policy on issues affecting the people and communities in which we work.

CUF Look Up Tool

Use the search tools to discover more about poverty in your parish.


Understanding the impact of our work is really important to us. We do this by collecting stories, feedback, and other evidence about the difference our work is making in communities across the country.

We also partner with research centres and universities to get an external perspective on our impact.

This helps us to keep improving what we do, and to share what we are learning with others.

In this section you can find our annual CUF Impact Reports, programme evaluation summary reports, and useful resources to support you in evidencing the impact of your own work.


Our research work aims to build up the evidence base around key issues emerging from our work in communities across England. Many of our research projects explore the relationship between social action and Christian faith, and seek to resource churches in their engagement with social issues, locally and nationally. In addition we have conducted research on issues such as homelessness, social cohesion, and food poverty.

In this section you can find our research reports and related resources.

To learn about our ongoing research into the relationship between social action, discipleship and church growth in the Church of England, being conducted in partnership with the think tank Theos, take a look at the GRA:CE project page.

If you want to find out more about social issues in your local neighbourhood or parish, use our Look Up Tool.

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Church Urban Fund Impact Report 2019

Thank you for the impact you make to vital work across the country! Read highlights from our latest Impact Report here


Our policy work aims to influence public debate and policy-making on issues affecting the communities in which we work, through reports, briefings, meetings, and contributions to government consultations. We take a relational approach, and aim to offer constructive, solution-orientated input that draws on our deep and long-term involvement in local communities across England. Key issues we have focussed on include social cohesion, social and financial inclusion, loneliness and isolation, and strengthening civil society.

In this section you can find our responses to government consultations, research reports relating to specific policy issues.


Our Living Theology Forum

We've developed a meeting place for the mutual exchange of shared theological ideas about Christian social action.

Research and Policy News

View all the latest from the Research and Policy team here.

We offer a range of resources to help you find out more about your area: who lives there?, what kind of social issues do people face?, and how does it compare to other areas on key social indicators? You might find this useful if you are thinking about how best to get involved in making a difference in your community, or if you are already actively involved and want to know more. You can find data for your parish using our Look Up tool, or search our Poverty Map to see your local neighbourhood in context.

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GRA:CE Project Report

Research and Policy | Research Reports

Nov 10 2020 | 1 Download
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CUF Response to APPG Enquiry

Research and Policy

May 15 2020 | 1 Download
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APPG Report into the impact of COVID-19 on social isolation

Research and Policy

May 15 2020 | 1 Download
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Allchurches Trust – Project Evaluation Tools

Research and Policy

Mar 09 2020 | 3 Downloads
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Church In Action: A National Survey Of Church-Based Social Action

Research and Policy | Research Reports

Feb 09 2020 | 2 Downloads
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Civil Society Strategy: Consultation Response

Research and Policy | Policy

Feb 09 2020 | 1 Download