First Improving Futures Evaluation Report Published

The first report of the evaluation of the Improving Futures programme being undertaken by Ecorys, Family Lives, University of Nottingham and Ipsos MORI is now available. The report is based on the analysis of data gathered through the following sources:

*  Scoping visits conducted to all 26 Improving Futures projects

*  A review of family intervention policy and practice across the UK, conducted for the programme

*  Monitoring data gathered at a programme level for beneficiaries, using the Improving Futures Monitoring Information System (IFMIS)

*  Workshops conducted with project staff at a national learning event in October 2012; and

*  In-depth qualitative telephone interviews conducted with the project manager for a cross section of Improving Futures projects.

The main themes explored for the report, include partnership working; engaging families and supporting families, before setting out the next steps for the evaluation.

The full report can be accessed here.

If you have any queries on the report or the evaluation, please contact the evaluation team on


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Developing children’s services in Scotland

Scotland’s Children’s Minister Aileen Campbell today announced £757,000 funding to put third sector bodies at the heart of developing children’s services in Scotland.

The project will be delivered by a partnership between Barnardo’s Scotland, Voluntary Action Scotland and the Improvement Service, with support from other third sector partners, to make sure that all groups working with children and families are in partnership.

Ms Campbell said:

“I am delighted to be able to announce this investment with the third sector for a national partnership as we launch Wellbeing Week in Scotland. This is a key milestone in our commitment to improve the communication between all of those working to support children.

“Families across Scotland are seeing the benefits of our efforts to encourage better collaboration across different specialities across children’s services. Parents know they can expect good communication and shared expertise that always puts their child at the heart of decisions that affect them.

“This national initiative builds on the strides made by our Community Planning Partnerships (CPPs) and realises the huge potential of combining the resources, expertise and experience of both government and the third sector.”

The drive to bring together children’s services with wellbeing at the centre of it is at the very heart of the Getting it right for every child (GIRFEC) initiative.

SallyAnn Kelly, Senior Project Manager, Third Sector GIRFEC Project, said:

“The work of CPPs in delivering the GIRFEC agenda across Scotland is vital.

“The National Third Sector GIRFEC Project will play a crucial role in ensuring that the third sector is at the heart of local decision-making and planning across Scotland. The Project will work closely with CPPs to share the good practice that is currently taking place, as well as support developments to improve the interface between the third sector and CPPs leading to better services for children and young people.

“This is an exciting project that will help local communities to improve the outcomes and lives of children and young people.”

The project will run until March 2016 and will support Community Planning Partnerships to recognise and embed the third sector in promoting collaboration, partnership working and early intervention.

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