National Evaluation of the Troubled Families Programme

Resource Pack for Local Troubled families Teams









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How will the evaluation be done?

The National Evaluation of the Troubled Families (TF) Programme is being carried out by a consortium led by Ecorys UK, in partnership with Ipsos MORI, Bryson Purdon Social Research; the National Institute of Economic and Social Research; the Thomas Coram Research Unit (TCRU) at the Institute for Education, and Clarissa White Research. The partners are each performing specific roles.


The evaluation of the Troubled Families (TF) programme has four main components:


•  Who are the troubled families and what kinds of problems do they face? (the collection of monitoring data on families throughout the programme).


•  What outcomes do the families achieve? - the progress of troubled families compared to the progress of two different comparison groups (this is the “impact evaluation”):


How has the TF programme influenced the design and delivery of family intervention services, and the family’s experience? (this is the “process evaluation”)


What savings has the programme achieved? after costs are taken into account. This will draw on data from the process evaluation, monitoring data and impact assessment to provide estimates of the cashable savings generated by the programme. Local authorities will also be provided with a Cost Benefit Analysis (CBA) tool so that savings can be estimated locally (this is the “economic evaluation”).