A great deal of our research and evaluation work relates to children, young people and families. Not surprisingly, the range of issues we have covered has been broad.
From 2016 to 2019 we evaluated the Scottish Government’s Children, Young People & Families Early Intervention and Adult Learning & Empowering Communities Fund producing baseline, interim and final reports. We have evaluated Glasgow’s Parenting Framework and its main implementation mechanism the Positive Parenting Program (better known as Triple P) as well as Family Support Public Social Partnerships in Falkirk and Renfrewshire.
We are currently undertaking a formative evaluation of The Robertson Trust’s innovative Social Bridging Finance Model which is funding three projects involving disadvantaged children, young people and families. We are providing emerging lessons for the Trust on the model in which legally binding contracts commit public sector bodies to sustain third sector pilot projects if agreed success criteria are met. We also evaluated a family learning project based in prisons across Scotland which aimed to sustain family relationships and combat child poverty.
We have worked with a number of third sector organisations often building successful long-term relationships with them. For example, for The Spark we have evaluated their relationship helpline, employee counselling, Relationship First Aid training programme, and pupil counselling service; we’ve also assisted the organisation formulate their service development plan and undertook research on family counselling. For Craigmillar Books for Babies, we originally evaluated their Baby and Toddler Rhymetime project before delivering consultation training and evaluating their innovative Talking Together service (see case study). For Clan Childlaw, we reviewed their monitoring and evaluation processes, evaluated their services as a whole, and are currently undertaking a longitudinal evaluation of their care leavers project. Our quantitative research skills were applied to analyse participant numbers and impact data for the Which Way and Know Your Way early intervention projects delivered by Glasgow Council on Alcohol. We’ve also worked with other charities in this area of work such as The Prince’s Trust, Barnardo’s Scotland, Home Link Family Support, and First Step.