performance evaluation

Inspiring impact: the code of good impact practice

Inspiring Impact is a programme that aims to change the way the UK voluntary sector thinks about impact and make high-quality impact measurement the norm for charities and social enterprises by 2022.

This guide provides broad, agreed guidelines for focusing on impact. It sets out a cycle of impact practice and a series of high level principles to follow. Each principle includes a brief description of how impact practice would look if it was applying the principle, an explanation of why it is important and some ideas about how to implement it.

Rating providers for quality: a policy worth pursuing?

Report that outlines the findings and recommendations from an independent review conducted by the Nuffield Trust into whether the Government should introduce ‘Ofsted-style’ performance ratings for hospitals, general practices, care homes and other adult social care providers.

Performance differences across local authorities

Paper that comes in two parts. First Lesley Sutton shares her experience in looking at (some) data on local authority spend and performance in a few sectors. This is undertaken on the basis of published data, and the annex describes the key data sets that are available and touches upon the significant gaps. Her work does point to a major variation in performance but also emphasises that this is a data and policy minefield; great care should be taken before drawing any conclusions as to relative efficiencies, etc.

Restorative Justice (Diversion) services monitoring and evaluation report 2006/07

Report assessing the performance of Sacro's Restorative Justice Diversion from Prosecution services. It identifies areas of service delivery which could be improved and asks what the key messages about the services are.

Performance management : Sure Start children's centres SEF standards matrix

Document containing material indicating the performance standards expected for each of the performance grades set out in the Department for Children, Schools and Families Guidance for Children's Centres Self-evaluation. The material comprises a set of descriptors of standards or judgments to be applied to each Sure Start children's centre and is intended for use by Sure Start centre managers and local authority staff supporting them.

Healthy weight, healthy lives : commissioning weight management services for children and young people

Guide intended to help local areas in England commission weight management services for children and young people. It includes information on the policy context and contains a series of tools to support commissioners in the area of weight management for children and young people.

Outcomes do work - Film 3 (Outcomes films: series two 2009)

Video resource that examines the achievement of outcomes in social care and how they work.

Narrowing the Gap: final guidance year 1

Guidance for local authorities and Children's Trusts in England issued by Narrowing the Gap, a project working to narrow the gap in outcomes between vulnerable and excluded children and the rest. The guidance includes self-evaluation templates and case studies of good local practice.

Living well with dementia : a National Dementia Strategy

UK Government strategy offering a strategic framework within which local services in England can make quality improvements to dementia services and tackle health inequalities. Practical advice, guidance and support for health and social care commissioners and providers in the planning, development and monitoring of services is provided.