Children’s social care innovation programme: Final evaluation report

Mental Health, Evaluation

The UK Department for Education has published an overview of the evaluation of the children’s social care innovation program in England 2014 to 2016. The report includes findings from project evaluations that show reductions in children entering care, children living in residential care and increased reunification with birth families. From these evaluations, a number of recommendations for best practice emerge, including the adoption of a family focused, strengths-based approach that supports families to take responsibility for their own lives; multi-professional teams including workers in family violence, mental health and drug and alcohol; and a ‘key worker’ to provide consistency.

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Clear Horizon – Resources

Evaluation, Practice Tool

Clear Horizon offers a range of tools and resources specific to monitoring and evaluation to measure the impact and achievement of project outcomes. These include the Most Significant Change Technique and Collaborative Outcomes Reporting.

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Clear Horizon Resources

Evaluation

Clear Horizon offers a range of tools and info sheets to help with evaluation including the Most Significant Change technique and Collaborative Outcomes Reporting.

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Creating Learning Environments for Youth – Introduction

Evaluation, Young People, Video

Watch Dr. Kim Sabo Flores, a youth participatory evaluation expert based in the US, talking about the need to create environments which ignite learning and development in young people.

Evaluators may come across situations where they have to work in a cultural context other than of their own. Culturally competent evaluators not only respect the cultures represented in the evaluation but recognize their own ‘culturally based assumptions’; take into account the ‘differing world view of evaluation stakeholders and target communities’ and select culturally appropriate evaluation options and strategies.

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DHHS Centre for Evaluation and Research – Evaluation Guide

Evaluation, Practice Tool

This guide from the Department of Health and Human Services (2017) is designed to support staff in the planning and commissioning of an evaluation. It is suitable for anyone responsible for program development, implementation or evaluation.

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Engaging Young people in Evaluation

Evaluation, Young People, Video

Watch Dr. Kim Sabo Flores talking about her work, where she emphasises that best youth programs do not just build on youth’s strengths or assets. Instead they supply them with opportunities to explore entirely new ways of being in the world, to create new roles, new attitudes, and new actions. In this video, she also talks about creative activities to involve young people in evaluation.

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Evidence Principles and Checklist

Evaluation

This guide was designed by British Overseas NGOs for Development (BOND) to help to assess and improve the quality of evidence in evaluation reports.

Design, Implement, Evaluate

Hello Insight – Using real-time data analytics to work with Young People

Evaluation, Young People, Video

This video provides an overview of the online platform Hello Insight, which helps youth development programs evaluate and respond to what young people need through online surveys and real time data analysis. The overview is provided by the founder of the platform, Dr Kim Sabo Flores, who has a long history conducting and championing youth participatory evaluation practice.

Identify, Design, Implement, Evaluate

Life Changes Trust Evaluation Toolkit

Evaluation, Practice Tool

The Life Changes Trust Evaluation Toolkit provides a range of resources across the journey to better outcomes including creating a theory of change and program logic, designing an evaluation and methods for collecting data.

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NHRMC National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research (2007) – Updated 2018

Safety and wellbeing, Evaluation, Practice Tool

High quality data can help us understand if we are on track, and if clients are benefiting as they would like to. If you are responsible for collecting data for evaluation there is lots to consider, including respecting client confidentiality, being cautious of potential power imbalances and accommodating for diverse literacy levels. Ensuring that methods and tools are fit for purpose and our processes are ethical is essential. Become familiar with the National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research (2007) – Updated 2018.

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OPEN Webinar Series – How to Evaluate Outcomes (Slides)

Evaluation, Practice Tool, Webinar

This webinar examined the role of evaluation questions in framing outcomes measurement, data collection methods, analysis, synthesis, rubrics as well as how to report on outcomes using dashboards.

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OPEN Webinar Series – Reflecting and Learning from Evaluation Findings

Evaluation, Practice Tool, Webinar, Reflect and Review

The final webinar for this series discussed the role of evaluative thinking – what happened, so what, now what – in learning and reflection and how to reflect on and apply learning through workshops, feedback loops and sprints.

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OPEN Webinar Series – Reflecting and Learning from Evaluation Findings (Slides)

Evaluation, Practice Tool, Webinar, Reflect and Review

The final webinar for this series discussed the role of evaluative thinking – what happened, so what, now what – in learning and reflection and how to reflect on and apply learning through workshops, feedback loops and sprints.

Outcomes Rating Scale (ORS) and Session Rating Scales (SRS)

Evaluation, Practice Tool

Developed by Scott Miller PhD, psychologist and co-founder of the International Center for Clinical Excellence and the Institute for the Study of Therapeutic Change, The Outcome Rating Scale (ORS) and Session Rating Scale (SRS) are brief measures for tracking client functioning and the quality of the therapeutic alliance. Each instrument takes less than a minute for clients to complete and for clinicians to score and interpret. Versions of the scales are available for adults, children, adolescents in 18 different languages.

Design

The Problem Solver’s Toolkit Poster

Evaluation, Practice Tool

This poster is a handy print-out for your office or desk for reference when designing a new approach, helping to make sure you don't miss out on any key design ingredients!

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UNICEF Toolkit: Useful Tools for Engaging Young People in Participatory Evaluation

Evaluation, Practice Tool, Young People

UNICEF developed this toolkit in 2005 to increase young people's participation in evaluation of projects in Europe and Central Asia. There are a number of evaluation tools/methods with ethical and practical guidelines to engage children and young people. There are also a number of energizers and ice-breakers to facilitate group sessions with children and young people where they can safely voice their opinions. Each tool and activity has a detailed set of instructions to guide the facilitator through the process.

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Youth Leading Community Change: An Evaluation Toolkit

Evaluation, Practice Tool, Young People

This practical toolkit is designed to engage young people to evaluate and measure the impact of youth projects. It has been developed by Evaluation Access using resources and activities from Girl Scouts of the United States of America, the National 4-H Council, and the National FFA Organization. There are a number of creative activities and handouts to support young people to plan, develop, and implement community projects.

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Youth-Adult Partnership in Evaluation: A Resource Guide For Translating Research Into Practice

Evaluation, Practice Tool, Young People

This guide has a series of “tip sheets” that identify practical ways to conduct a youth-adult partnership evaluation project. The tip sheets talk about various “leverage points” or those key processes and moments in implementation that can influence the outcomes of projects. It also provides tips on creating a culture of evaluation in an organisation, developing the right evaluation questions and practical and youth-friendly data collection/analysis strategies.