Vic Citarella

The parliamentary ‘ping-pong’ is over, amendments agreed between the Lords and the Commons and the Care Act has Royal Assent.  Everyone – local authorities, NHS bodies, public, voluntary and private organisations – are busy assessing the potential impact of the new law on what they do. How will it help/hinder; what are the gaps; what are the costs; what will we do now and what can wait; which clauses take priority; who is going to do what and how will we cope? The questions go on and the project and risk management training is put to the test. Projects will be making similar judgements themselves and the national evaluation team too will be considering how it might impact on our work on Fulfilling Lives; Supporting people with multiple needs. Continue reading

Abigail Diamond

Big Lottery Fund today (12th Feb) announced the 12 areas that will receive a share of the £112 million Fulfilling lives: supporting people with multiple needs fund. Congratulations to all those projects that have worked so hard to get here.

Although the projects are only being announced today, CFE has been involved for almost a year now and as Jon Adamson said in his blog of last September, it’s great to have been involved so early in an evaluation. So what has this early involvement enabled us to achieve? One of the main things we’ve been working on over recent months is developing a common data framework which is designed to ensure that all of the 12 project areas are gathering comparable and consistent data. This will enable us to combine it to understand what’s been achieved at across the initiative as a whole, as well as for each type of activity projects are implementing. We’ve also been working to make connections with national agencies that hold administrative data on prior service use. We would like to use this data to evidence changes in service use over time, and therefore potentially identify long-term savings for the public purse, resulting from people participating in the initiative. We’ve also been developing our thinking and plans for measuring the counterfactual or what might have happened without the initiative; this will help us to attribute any outcomes we see to the work of the funded projects. Continue reading

The Big Lottery Fund is today (12th Feb) awarding £112 million across England to end ‘the revolving door of care’ faced by thousands of people with multiple problems including homelessness, mental ill health, addiction and reoffending.

The grants of up to £10 million to 12 areas across the country will help to improve and create better coordinated services to prevent people living chaotic lives being passed between charities and services, which often cannot individually deal with their wide range of needs. Continue reading

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On 22nd January 2014 CFE Research and the University of Sheffield held an event to launch our learning programme.

The programme included a number of speakers talking about the importance of evidence in their work and a workshop for projects to tell us more about their learning needs.

Our presenters included:

 

 

John McCracken, Drugs Programme Manager, Department of Health

Pat Russell, Deputy Director, Social Justice Division, Department for Work and Pensions

Andrew Hudson, Senior Advisory, Big Lottery Fund (video)

Mark Somerfield, CFE Associate

Presentations are available below:

The importance of evidence – John McCracken

The importance of evidence – Pat Russell

A Hudson video

Fulfilling Lives – Introducing the Learning Programme

Fulfilling Lives – Developing the Programme

 

We were also planning to show this video, but had some technical problems:

Alliance for Useful Evidence

 

Associate Director, CFE Research

It’s not uncommon for evaluators to be called in at the last minute when a service or project is coming to an end (and running out of money) and being asked to ‘prove that it works’. And preferably by the end of the month please! So you appreciate you’re onto a good thing when you get the chance to work on a large-scale evaluation over an eight year period and you get involved in that work before the service delivery actually starts.
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