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Understanding and measuring outcomes: the role of qualitative data

Guide that has been developed to support the collection and use of personal outcomes data. Personal outcomes data refers to information gathered from people supported by health and social services and their unpaid carers about what's important to them in their lives and the ways in which they would like to be supported. The guide is divided into three parts.

Part 1 explores the links between an outcomes approach and qualitative data, why qualitative data is important and what it can achieve.

Getting evidence into action to improve Scotland's public services

Working paper which is one of a series that What Works is publishing to share evidence, learning and ideas about public service reform in Scotland.

Carers' self-advocacy toolkit: workers' resources

A toolkit and accompanying worker’s resources. These resources support workers to help carers get their own voices heard more effectively via one-to-one support or through group training.

The cost of short break services: understanding the contracting and commissioning process

The aim of the research was to explore the costs of short break services for disabled children and their families. The study also sought to understand the contracting and commissioning process, including the factors that inform decision making processes and the management of budgets.

The research was commissioned by Action for Children and carried out by the Centre for Child and Family Research, Loughborough University.

National Health and Wellbeing Outcomes - A framework for improving the planning and delivery of integrated health and social care services

"Health and social care services should focus on the needs of the individual to promote their health and wellbeing, and in particular, to enable people to live healthier lives in their community. Key to this is that people’s experience of health and social care services and their impact is positive; that they are able to shape the care and support that they receive; and that people using services, whether health or social care, can expect a quality service regardless of where they live."

Scottish Government Respite Care Data 2014: Shared Care Scotland Summary

The Scottish Government recently released the 2014 data for the provision of respite in Local Authority areas across Scotland. The statistics are presented in "respite weeks provided or purchased by local authorities" and then further broken down into "overnight" and "daytime" respite for three age groups: 0-17, 18-64 and 65+. This paper from Shared Care Scotland provides a short summary of the data and comments on issues arising from analysis of this data. Links to the full Scottish Government data and analysis are also provided.

Short Break (Respite Care) Provision in Dundee – now and in the future

Executive Summary
Dundee Carers Centre commissioned Animate to carry out research into the current and future provision of Short Breaks/Respite for adults in Dundee, on behalf of the Dundee Partnership. The main purpose of the research was to help local service planners improve Short Break provision in line with the overall principles of the Scottish Government’s policy intentions: protecting young carers, enabling self - care and working with adult carers as partners in care, by:
• improving planning of Short Break services

Social justice begins with babies The first annual report of Scotland’s coalition supporting Putting the Baby IN the Bath Water

Putting the Baby IN the Bath Water is coalition of 98 organisations and individuals focused exclusively on two issues:

  1. the primary prevention of harm (i.e. keeping bad things from happening in the first place);
  2. the first 1,001 days of life (from pre-birth to preschool).

The coalition was a significant influence on the content of the Children and Young People Act 2014.  This report outlines its impact on the Act and what it has achived since.

Give us a break

Report by the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign into the lack of age appropriate short breaks (respite care) provision for disabled young adults with Duchenne muscular dystrophy and other neuromuscular and long-term conditions.

Third national personal budget survey

Personal budgets are now a core part of social care and will be an increasingly significant part of the future of healthcare and education for many. We have moved on from their introduction in the Putting People First concordat in 2007 with an expectation that 30% of people would be using them by 2011 – to the Care Act requirement that all eligible people should hold one.

This research is from England carried out by In-Control to evidence the impact of personal budgets on those who use them and services.