Evaluations of time banks published in 2014
Two excellent evaluations of timebanks have been published this year.
Dr Burgess conducted an evaluation of timebanks using four case studies in Cambridgeshire, and found that whilst there was qualitative evidence of soft outcomes, it was very hard to evidence cost-effectiveness, or attribute even small quantitative outcomes to the timebank activity itself. The study has an interesting discussion of timebanking implementation. The report is available at the link below:
Researchers at the University of York have conducted a three year longitudinal study following a cohort of members at one of the first timebanks to be set up in the UK solely for homeless people. The report found many positive outcomes, and has information about achieving replication. The report is available at the link below: