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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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