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An update on the evaluation. 7 th November 2011 Graham Thom and Meera Prabhakar . Outline . An introduction to the evaluation The team Our overarching approach Timetable Initial scoping research The basic shape of the programme Target families Recruitment of families

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an update on the evaluation

An update on the evaluation

7th November 2011

Graham Thom and Meera Prabhakar

outline
Outline
  • An introduction to the evaluation
    • The team
    • Our overarching approach
    • Timetable
  • Initial scoping research
    • The basic shape of the programme
    • Target families
    • Recruitment of families
  • Implications for the evaluation approach
our overarching approach
Our overarching approach

Scoping: map out the shape of the Pathfinder Programme and co-produce the approach

Coverage of depth of Pathfinder work

Coverage of breadth of Pathfinder work

initial scoping work
Initial scoping work
  • Undertaken a review of the Pathfinder applications
  • Analysed Pathfinder responses to the Evaluation scoping questions
  • Begun discussions with a number of the sites that expressed interest in forming part of the in-depth case study research
the basic shape of the programme
The basic shape of the programme
  • 20 Pathfinder sites made up of 31 areas
    • 6 consortia
  • Optional elements
    • Personal budgets – 100% (all sites)
    • Banded funding – 20% of sites (4 sites)
    • Age range and employment – 50% (10 sites)
    • Support to vulnerable children – 55% (11 sites)
    • Support to parents and young people – 70% (14 sites)
initial indications show
Initial indications show…
  • Majority of areas are targeting
    • Across the age ranges
    • Both new and existing cases
    • Children and young people with or who require an SEN statement
    • Children and young people with complex and moderate levels of need
  • Recruitment of families
    • Mixture of targeted and call for volunteers
    • Majority to begin recruitment early Jan 2012
    • But with variation in the time expected to be taken to develop Single Plans
issues to consider
Issues to consider…
  • Describing the new assessment and planning processes
  • Recruitment of families to the Pathfinder
  • Case study selection
  • Development of appropriate outcome and impact measures at a national level
initial categorisation of the new processes
Initial categorisation of the new processes
  • Assessment
    • Single assessment episode
    • Initial assessment by one agency, systematically topped up by other agencies
    • Single assessment episode supplemented by ad hoc specialist assessment
    • Set of assessment (by different agencies) being brought together
    • Others?
  • Planning
    • Single planning event between all relevant professionals and the family
    • Multiple stage planning event
    • Planning coordinator creates plan with family and seeks professional input from relevant agencies
    • Others?
recruitment of families
Recruitment of families
  • How firm are your recruitment plans
    • Especially to end of September 2012?
    • Possibility of over / under – recruitment?
  • How do you intend to recruit those families?
case study selection
Case study selection
  • Scale – recruitment of sufficient no of families
    • Ability to recruit a comparator group of families
  • Mix of single and consortium sites
  • Coverage of optional elements
  • Mix of rural/urban
  • Consideration of outliers e.g. focus on children with mild needs
  • Willingness to participate
initial thoughts on high level outcome measures
Initial thoughts on high level outcome measures
  • The family and young person experience…
    • …feeling they are at the centre of the process
    • …less repetition
    • …better communication with staff
    • …a reduced no of contacts
    • …increased transparency in the system
    • …more choice and control of the content of the Single Plan
    • …independence of assessment
    • …satisfaction with the process and the Single Plan development
initial thoughts on short term impacts
Initial thoughts on short term impacts
  • The family experience…
    • …increased accessibility to services
    • …being more at ease in managing service/support provision
    • …improved access to more appropriate services
    • …improved quality of provision in response to need
    • …fewer unmet needs identified
    • …an increased user satisfaction with service provision
    • …improved quality of provision in response to need
  • The child/young person improve their…
    • …enjoyment of school / education
    • …attendance at school
    • …behaviour and motivation in general/at school
    • …relationships with staff and peers
    • …perceptions of health and wellbeing
initial thoughts on medium term impacts
Initial thoughts on medium term impacts
  • The family experiences…
    • …increased control over their daily lives
    • …a more calm/less disorganised family home life
    • …more confidence in the safety of the child at home and outside
    • …improved quality of life
    • …greater strength and togetherness
    • …improved economic wellbeing
    • …improved quality of life
  • The child/young person improved their…
    • …educational attainment
    • …likelihood of entering employment/training post 16
    • …readiness for entering a new education setting
contact
Contact

Graham Thom

Associate Director

SQW

t. 07716 916897

e. [email protected]

w. www.sqw.co.uk

Meera Prabhakar

Senior Consultant

SQW

t. 020 7307 7151

e. [email protected]

w. www.sqw.co.uk

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