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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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