Feasibility Study and the subsequent Evaluation and Support of the Individual Budget Pilot Programme for Families with Disabled Children


Client: Department for Education

The Individual Budget (IB) approach is built on the premise that it offers greater choice and control to families with disabled children, through the drawing together of a series of funding streams and use of an outcomes-based approach.  SQW worked with the Department for Education (and its predecessor departments) over a five year period to scope, develop and evaluate the implementation of Individual Budget (IB) Pilot Programme for Families with Disabled Children. The work involved two main stages.

Scoping study

The first stage of the work included a scoping study to inform the development of the pilot, involving a review of a range of existing approaches that were being used to deliver IBs and similar interventions, consultations and the development of a specification for the programme.

Evaluation

We were subsequently commissioned to lead a consortia to evaluate the processes involved in setting up and delivering IBs, and the impact of the IB on family outcomes. The support role, which combined a mixture of workshops alongside individual support sessions, helped local authorities and stakeholders to address a range of different delivery challenges. These included the development of a resource allocation model, multi-agency partnership working, funding integration and alignment, and delivery planning, timescales and reporting.

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