evaluation

Paper intended to provoke discussion on whether and how the recurring barriers to, and enablers of, effective delivery of health improvement pinpointed through evaluations of national initiatives in Scotland over recent years can be appropriately addressed.

This is the second evaluation guide in the Effective Interventions Unit Evaluation series. This guide aims to explain the planning stage of an evaluation by describing the steps necessary in planning both an intervention and an associated evaluation, identifying some general questions to address when planning an intervention, and outlining some questions that evaluations commonly tackle.

To help illustrate the main points in this guide, an example of a fictitious outreach needle exchange service is used.

Guide produced by SWIA to enable local authority social work services to undertake self-evaluations in order to improve service performance and outcomes for those who use services.

This exploratory community development project gathered the experiences around recovery of people using mental health services who come from some of the black and minority ethnic (BME) communities in Edinburgh. The project involved around 50 people from BME communities. The work with each of the three smaller projects was designed around the circumstances of that service and the ways in which those participants or service users wished to take part. This took place between December 2007 and May 2008.

Report of a study which assessed the effectiveness and appropriateness of a pilot mental health in the workplace training initiative. In particular it reports on the immediate impact of the initiative, the intermediate outcomes and makes recommendations for the future based on course content, delivery mechanisms and future roll out.

Report of an evaluation of the Rights to Access Project, a Lottery funded project set up with the aim of equipping practitioners and organisations to become better at meeting young people's advice needs.

Podcast of a talk by Sophie Beale, York Health Economics Consortium, University of York, given at the Connected Practice Symposium, " Human services in the network society : changes, challenges & opportunities", Institute for Advanced Studies, Glasgow, 14th/15th September 2009.

Report of an evaluation of Constructs PSSO which is a groupwork programme for male offenders aged 18 and over. The programme aims to achieve a measurable reduction in re-offending for participants who finish the programme by helping them become better problem solvers and more able to put into practice pro-social solutions to problems.

The Good Childhood Inquiry was commissioned by the Children's Society and launched in 2006 "as the UK's first independent national inquiry into childhood. Its aims were to renew society's understanding of modern childhood and to inform, improve and inspire all our relationships with children." On 5th February 2009, the Children's Society launched the findings of the inquiry in the report entitled 'A Good Childhood: Searching for values in a competitive age'.

Report of an evaluation of the Parent Know How programme which was set up to deliver better outcomes for children and parents by generating greater efficiency, innovation and reach in the parenting information and support services funded by the Department for Children, Schools and Families.