Cordis Pulse: November 2020
24 November 2020
We were pleased to see the publication of Department for Education Round 2 Children's Social Care Innovation Programme evaluation reports. They contain a wealth of evidence concerning innovation across children’s social care.
Cordis Bright delivered four evaluation reports as part of Round 2 of the programme, including evaluations of three projects focusing on improving outcomes for children, young people and their families affected by domestic abuse and violence. These were the evaluations of Doncaster Growing Futures, Slough Children’s Services Trust Innovation Fund programme and Newham NewDAy. In addition, we delivered the evaluation of the Ealing Building My Future programme which supports young people with SEND to achieve improved outcomes.
Across these evaluations there were some key ingredients which may help the success or otherwise of future programmes. These included: programmes having strong, visible leadership with practitioner and staff buy-in; robust, evidence-informed theories of change/logic models; robust training needs assessments and strategies that can cope with high staff turnover; clear communication across the system including about programme progress; an understanding that some times costly interventions are the right thing to do but may not achieve substantial cost savings in the short or even intermediate term but may do so in the long-term; the importance of developing innovation in relatively stable contexts and systems.