cost effectiveness

Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission: cost reduction

Report that examines the commission’s cost reduction plans up to March 2015. It examines the potential impact of the new child maintenance scheme on the commission’s business plans, but does not assess whether it will improve service quality.

A better beginning: easing the cost of childcare

Report that describes a plan to help make formal childcare a modern, mature public service, which is affordable for all families, high in quality and flexible to the needs of parents.

Cost-benefit analysis of early childhood care and education

These reviews described long-term cost-benefit analyses of three early childhood interventions - the Abecedarian Program, Perry High/Scope and the Chicago Child-Parent Centers. All were undertaken in the United States and targeted mostly underprivileged black communities. Given this context, it is argued that results of the three studies are not easily transferable to modern contexts in countries such as England. The results indicated should therefore all be read with the caveat of ‘for the specific population in these studies’. This topic is included in the EPPI-Centre knowledge library.

Systematic rapid evidence assessment : interventions to improve the coordination of service delivery for high cost high harm household Units (HCHHHU)

Between June and August 2006 the EPPI–Centre and the Government Social Research Unit completed a Systematic Rapid Evidence Assessment (SREA) for HM Treasury. The aim of the assessment was to find out whether, for families with persistent multiple problems spanning more than one generation, improving the coordination of service delivery improves family outcomes. This systematic review was published by EPPI-Centre in 2011.

SCIE knowledge review 20 : commissioning person-centred, cost-effective, local support for people with learning disabilities

This knowledge review brings together knowledge from research and practice on commissioning person-centred, cost-effective, local support for people with learning disabilities who are labelled as having complex needs and/or challenging behaviour. Review published by the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) in July 2008.

Research on the Pensions Education Fund in 2008/09

This document comprises two separate reports on research undertaken in 2008/09 on the Pensions Education Fund (PEF). Part 1 is on the costs associated with the delivery of the main outputs associated with PEF, such as workplace seminars, by Risk Solutions, and Part 2 on the role and activities of pensions information intermediaries (or pensions ‘champions’) in the workplace, by IFF Ltd.

Children's trusts: a briefing paper on improving financial management

Briefing paper intended to help Children's Trusts in England test and improve their financial management arrangements as they prepare jointly owned Children and Young People's Plans and adapt their structures when statutory Children's Trust boards are introduced.

Getting more for less : efficiency in the public sector

Pamphlet arguing that public sector efficiency can only be achieved through creating more effective services which are personalised and delivered collaboratively. It also provides guidance on how this can be done.

Drug and alcohol services in Scotland

Drug and alcohol misuse are major problems in Scotland but resources to address them are not always used effectively. In this study, published information on services was analysed and national documents were reviewed, expenditure data from all NHS boards and councils were collected and analysed and activity data from all police forces in Scotland were collected to give an indication of expenditure.

Overview of mental health services

Report that provides an overview of mental health services across Scotland and is the first in a series of planned reports in this area. Audit Scotland has carried out an overview to highlight areas for improvement and to identify priorities for future audit work. The report looks at mental health services provided by the NHS, councils, prisons, the police and the voluntary sector across Scotland for people of all ages.