outcomes

Child poverty outcomes models: an international review

Rapid review that pulls together evidence from three very different countries on how each has conceptualised the problem of child poverty and how they have tried to prevent or reduce it. The various strategies used are in line with the particular countries’ overall social policy practice and view towards people living in poverty. The countries were selected based on their diversity to one another and the unique lessons each can bring to bear on NI. 

Improving social outcomes in Scotland: Devo Plus proposals for welfare devolution and reform

One of a series of papers prepared in the context of our second 'conversation' , funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), on issues related to possible constitutional change in Scotland.

It summarises proposals for welfare devolution and how the provision of welfare can be simplified in order for users to better understand the source of the benefits they receive, and the constitutional rationale behind them.

Residential care - fact sheet 6

Guidance for professionals in residential care to build and maintain the relationships with young people and their families which can meet their needs for safety and security and contribute to achieving desired outcomes.

Good conversations: assessment and planning as the building blocks of an outcomes approach

Taking an outcomes approach means engaging with the person and significant others to find out what matters to them, what they hope for and what they want to be different in their lives. An outcomes approach involves thinking about what role the person themselves might play in achieving their outcomes, which can be a significant shift from more traditional services where the solutions are viewed as located on the service side.

This guide looks at what is required to ensure quality assessment and planning in developing an outcomes-focused approach.

Carista

What is it? Tool that manages services in terms of outcomes and effectiveness; resources and productivity; finance and sustainability; and compliance and safety. From the management of staff and volunteer records through to property and equipment, it provides a comprehensive approach to resource management that can be tailored to fit the resource mix in an organisation and the key aspects that need to be monitored and controlled.

Who is if for? Tool that can be used with adults and children.

Realist Evaluation

What is it? Realist Evaluation provides ongoing information on “what works, for whom, and under which circumstances” thereby allowing for constant and consistent review and potential adaptation of a particular programme or intervention. As well as providing a platform for evidenced based practice, Realist Evaluation can substantially contribute to economic evaluation in the social welfare field, as outcome information and data can demonstrate the ongoing value of initiatives, and show the compensating decreases they are making in other public service expenditure.

Reach: standards in supported living

What is it? A definitive set of standards for supported living. The second edition contains a multimedia CD, video footage, an It's my life pack and a full service review pack. The It's my life toolkit valuates progress towards achieving outcomes desired by individuals. This involves the individual and their circles of support (should not involve service provider). AND Service Review toolkit (takes 12 months) and evaluates the service through service review. This tool is currently being updated.

ASCOT (Adult social care outcomes toolkit)

What is it? This is a tool that can be used to calculate the overall ASCOT well-being score for individuals on the basis of their responses to questions about their current social care-related quality life (SCRQoL), and their SCRQoL in the absence of services.

Who is it for? For use with adults. The aim is for the measure to be applicable across as wide a range of user groups and care and support settings as possible. 

The SROI Network

What is it? SROI is a framework based on social generally accepted accounting principles (SGAAP) that can be used to help manage and understand the social, economic and environmental outcomes created by your activity or organisation. It will help understand, manage and communicate the social value that an organisation's work creates in a clear and consistent way with customers, beneficiaries and funders. It can help manage risks and identify opportunities and raise finance. It will throw up potential improvements to services, information systems and the way that business is