Evaluation

Capturing social work impact

ESSS Outline

ESSS Outline Capturing social work impact
This Outline looks at evidence around methods for capturing the impact of social work interventions. We identified a large body of literature relating to the value of effectively measuring the impact of social work interventions, particularly in the area of children and families, and many different approaches to doing so, however there is no consensus around the best way to approach impact measurement or any one standard approach. Overall, a key message from the evidence is that the broad range of services provided, outcomes sought and people being supported by social services may not be suited to a one size fits all approach to identification of impact of social work and tailored approaches to measurement depending on each context may be more effective, accurate and robust in determining what changes different interventions have led to on an individual level.

Service user interviewers in quality assurance

ESSS Outline

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This summary explores the involvement of service users in quality assurance and service evaluation processes. It explores the evidence around what has worked and has not worked, what benefits can be achieved from user involvement in data collection and what can be learned from previous examples.

SDS brokerage in rural Scotland

ESSS Outline

SDS brokerage in rural Scotland
This Outline explores the challenges facing local authorities when seeking to implement brokerage models of self directed support in rural Scottish communities.

Supporting Peer Support

Thoughts for people wishing to set up, run or participate in a peer support group

Supporting Peer Support

Report that is drawn from lessons learned during the facilitation of Evaluation Exchange.

Evaluation Exchange was a time-limited peer support network created by Iriss and Evaluation Support Scotland. It aimed to help organisations in the social services sector to learn from and support each other to undertake evaluations of the services and support they provide to individuals in Scotland.

Evaluation Exchange report

Building capacity to self-evaluate

Evaluation Exchange report

Evaluation Exchange was set up by Iriss working in partnership with Evaluation Support Scotland (ESS). We brought together a group of practitioners from social services sector with a real self-evaluation project to undertake. We wanted the participants to assist each other to plan and/or undertake the evaluation and build their capacity to self-evaluate. We were also interested in learning about and sharing 'what works' in peer support for self-evaluation.

Apex Scotland workshops

Improving research use in the third sector

Below are slides from two workshops conducted as part of a project with Apex Scotland to help improve their research use, and develop wider lessons about supporting research use for third sector organisations. Further details of the project can be found here: Improving research use in the third sector.