National Evaluation of the Troubled Families Programme

Resource Pack for Local Troubled families Teams

Level 3

authorities: national and local monitoring data areas

Overview of activities:

The local authorities that become Level 3 authorities will be involved in the following evaluation activities:

 

• Who are the families, what problems do they face, what progress do they make (monitoring)

• What outcomes do the families achieve (the impact assessment - national dataset tracking)

• What savings the programme makes (the economic assessment)

 

Level 3 involvement is the same as Level 2, except for the fact that there is no involvement in the process evaluation.

Evaluation activity 1: Monitoring

Evaluation activity 2: Impact evaluation (national dataset tracking)

Summary of activities

Implications for local teams

Summary of activities:

Phase 1: We will consult with local authorities about how best to gather and input the data that you hold to date (Years 1 and part of Year 2) on your troubled families, in order to provide aggregate figures for whole of the programme.  Monitoring data will be needed for at least 10% of troubled families per authority, but up to 100% where feasible.

 

Phase 2: We will consult with local authorities on the development of the new online monitoring data collection system.  Local authorities will be asked to provide quarterly or six monthly data returns (TBC) once this system is operational, and we will aim to align this with the Management Information returns.

 

 

 

Implications for local teams:

Your help in providing access to your existing data on troubled families and work with the national evaluators to enable the secure transfer of this information, using Unique Reference Numbers (URNs) in place of personal identifying information.

 

Your support of the work of the national evaluators to identify the optimal approach for inputting to the national MI system when this is operational, including either data entry to the secure online database, or an arrangement to extract and securely transfer data-files from your existing case management system.

 

 

Evaluation activity 2: Monitoring

Summary of activities

Implications for local teams

Summary of activities:

Local authorities will be asked to supply “identifiers”, like Unique Property Reference Numbers,  for individual family members (from troubled families and the comparison families) to allow them to be tracked via national datasets such as the National Pupil Database, benefit and employment records, the Police National Computer and Hospital Episode Statistics.

 

Implications for local teams:

We will work with the local teams to support them in providing some basic information on  individual family members to allow them to be identified in the national datasets, linked to the type of eligibility criteria they met (crime, ASB, education, benefits or local) and the date of first contact with the TF programme.

 

We are looking into the consent process needed for the comparison group of families, as it is possible that we will need local authorities to collect consent from families for the linking of datasets.

 

 

 

 

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Evaluation activity 3: Impact evaluation (national dataset tracking)

Evaluation activity 3: Economic assessment

Summary of activities

Implications for local teams

Summary of activities:

We will draw on data collected as part of the process evaluation, monitoring and the findings of the impact assessment (survey and national dataset tracking) to compile the economic assessment.

 

We will also work with up to five authorities to develop a detailed local Cost Benefit Assessment (CBA).

 

CBA guidance and self assessment tools will be made available to enable other local authorities to estimate saving

 

Implications for local teams:

In addition to the implications set out for the process, monitoring and impact strands, those authorities which agree to undertake a detailed local CBA will need to undertake additional data collection (on delivery costs and potential cost savings). Guidance and tools to inform this data collection will be provided along with support from a member of the research team.

 

CBA guidance and tools will also be provided to those not undertaking detailed CBAs to support self evaluation activity. 

 

 

 

Evaluation activity 4: Impact evaluation (surveys of families)

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What you would receive back?

With the resources available we will not be able to provide a local report. However,LAs would know that data on family members forms a part of the national evaluation, and that its results directly represent that group of LAs. And, like all levels, LAs will have access to their own data in the family monitoring database, and they can take part in the economic evaluation.

 

Is your local authority suitable?

All local authorities are eligible to be a Level 3 authority.

 

Evaluation activity 5: Economic assessment