National Evaluation of the Troubled Families Programme
Resource Pack for Local Troubled families Teams
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Levels of Involvement
We are not expecting all local authorities to take part in all aspects of the evaluation. There will be four possible Levels of Involvement, with Level 1 being the most ‘active’ involvement and Level 4 being the least active. The levels are summarised here and then described more fully in the subsequent pages. We ask each local authority to consider which level of involvement they are interested in. We can not guarantee that areas will be selected at any level because we have to make sure we have a representative sample of areas based on the results of the survey of TFCs that has just finished. The Evaluation Team will contact each local authority to talk this through with you and select your level of involvement.
Level 1: ‘Enhanced case studies’
Level 1 local authorities will take part in all four components of the evaluation: how the programme is being delivered (process); who families are, what problems they face and what progress they make (monitoring); what outcomes the families achieve (impact assessment), and what savings the programme makes (economic assessment - which draws on data from the process, monitoring and impact assessment components). Crucially, each Level 1 authority will be included in the survey of families. Level 1 authorities will need to commit to working closely with the evaluation team throughout the evaluation period. In recognition of the level of involvement, each Level 1 authority will be provided with a bespoke local evaluation report.
We are expecting to recruit 10 Level 1 authorities, which between them cover a range in terms of delivery models, types of areas and eligibility criteria (including local criteria). From this group we would recruit up to five local authorities to develop a detailed cost benefit analysis of their activities(1).
Level 2: ‘Case studies’
Level 2 authorities will be very similar to Level 1, with the exception that there will be no survey of families in these areas. Again, staff in Level 2 will need to work closely with the evaluation team. In recognition of the Level of Involvement, each Level 2 authority will be provided with a bespoke local evaluation report, but because there will be no survey of families in these areas the report will necessarily be narrower than the report for Level 1 authorities.
We are expecting to recruit at least 10 Level 2 authorities, which between them cover a range in terms of delivery models, types of areas and eligibility criteria (including local criteria).
Level 3: ‘National and local monitoring data areas’
Level 3 authorities are very similar to Level 2, and will take part in the outcomes evaluation - the impact assessment - with their troubled families being tracked using national datasets, and the family monitoring data However, there will be no involvement in the process evaluation elements in these areas.
There is no constraint on the number of Level 3 local authorities.
Level 4: ‘Local monitoring data only’.
Level 4 authorities will collect monitoring data (on as many of their families as they think is reasonable, with a minimum of 10%) but will otherwise not actively contribute to the evaluation.
All authorities, irrespective of level, will have the opportunity to make use of cost benefit analysis guidance and self-assessment tools in order to support their estimation of financial savings at local level and contribute local unit cost data to the overall economic evaluation.
(1) However, it is possible that a number of local authorities in level 2 and level 3 may also be offered the opportunity to undertake a detailed CBA. The detailed CBAs will seek to capture a mix of delivery models and local criteria.