National Evaluation of the Troubled Families Programme

Resource Pack for Local Troubled families Teams

Level 4

authorities: local monitoring data

Overview of activities:

Level 4 authorities are those authorities that do not sign up at any of levels 1 to 3.

 

The local authorities that become Level 4 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 savings the programme makes (the economic assessment)

 

Evaluation activity 3: Impact evaluation (national dataset tracking)

Evaluation activity 1: Monitoring

Evaluation activity 2: Economic assessment

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.

 

 

Summary of activities

Implications for local teams

Summary of activities:

We will draw on data collected as part of the ‘how’ (process evaluation), ‘who’ (monitoring) and ‘outcomes’ -  the findings of the impact assessment (survey and national dataset tracking) -  to compile the economic assessment.  The aim, as always, is not to duplicate existing tools but to build upon them, e.g in aligning collection of monitoring data and management information.

 

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 savings.

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 be asked to help collect some additional data, 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. 

 

 

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What you would receive back?

 

With the resources available we will not be able to provide a local report. LAs will have access to their own data in the family monitoring database. All level 4 LAs can take part in the economic evaluation.