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Case studies

This case studies series provides a snapshot of each of the 25 projects delivering in the Realising Ambition programme.

Each case study outlines the project’s achievements against Realising Ambition’s five key ingredients of successful replication and highlights the outcomes achieved through their service delivery.

These case studies have been written by the Realising Ambition consortium in conjunction with the project upon completion of their delivery in the programme.


All Stars (Barnardo’s Northern Ireland)

This case study shows that well-established evidence-based programmes can be successfully delivered as intended and at the same time be adapted for delivery to beneficiaries with different needs.

Read the Barnardo’s Case Study



Winston’s Wish (Switch)

Winston’s Wish’s experience shows that a programme that had previously been a universal offer, in that it was available to all bereaved young people on demand, can be adapted to specifically target a demographic that has not historically accessed it.

Read the Winston’s Wish Case Study



Trelya (friends of the children)

Trelya’s experience illustrates that when delivery organisations establish long term and intensive relationships with young people and their families, significant focus is required to maintain beneficiary engagement with a programme.

Read the Trelya Case Study



Be Safe (Children’s programme)

Be Safe’s experience illustrates that the ability of the most tightly defined, highly targeted and replicable services to achieve anticipated reach may sometimes be subject to external factors over which the service has no control.

Read the Be Safe Case Study



Plusone Mentoring (YMCA Scotland)

This case study demonstrates that an affiliation-based model of replication enables reach over a wide geographical area to be achieved quickly.

Read the Plusone Mentoring Case Study

Read the Plusone Mentoring Case Study (Welsh version)


Safer Schools Partnership (Remedi)

Safe schools partnership remediThis case study shows that adapting replication models to save costs may lead to some loss of fidelity in delivery.

Read the Safer Schools Partnership Case Study

Read the Safer Schools Partnership Case Study (Welsh version)



Anne Frank Schools and Ambassadors Programme

Anne Frank schools and ambassadors programmeThis case study demonstrates that if an organisation invests sufficiently in building a business case for its services and is adaptable to a changing political and social environment, then funding can be sustainably secured.

Read the Anne Frank Trust Case Study

Read the Anne Frank Trust Case Study (Welsh version)


Boy’s Development Programme (Working With Men)

This case study shows that the investment required to prepare a programme for replication can be demanding for small organisations.

Read the Working With Men case study.

Read the Working with Men case study (Welsh version)



Early Intervention and Family Support Programme (Malachi)

This case study illustrates that smaller organisations can effectively introduce and build sustainability into grant-funded services that are replicated in new geographical areas.

Read the Malachi case study.

Read the Malachi case study (Welsh version)



Early Intervention Mentoring (Chance UK)

This case study demonstrates that although a service may be readily replicable, the context in which new replications are delivered is important to achieving anticipated reach.

Read the Chance UK case study.

Read the Chance UK case study (Welsh version)



Functional Family Therapy (Action for Children)

Realising Ambition Case Study - Functional Family TherapyThis case study examines the impact of the wider commissioning environment on further replicating and sustaining a service.

Read the Action for Children case study.

Read the Action for Children case study (Welsh version)



Glasgow Children’s Parliament Community Initiative (Children’s Parliament)

realising-ambition-case-study-childrens-parliamentThis case study explores Children’s Parliament’s experience of replicating its rights-based initiative, and how Realising Ambition supported the organisation to become more outcomes focused.

Read the Children’s Parliament case study.

Read the Children’s Parliament case study (Welsh version).



 It’s Not OK! & CyberSense (Ariel Trust)

This case study shows that a dissemination model of replication enables scale to be achieved quickly. However, it is still important to adapt to local and national policy contexts and to engage the right local stakeholders who can champion a programme in a replication area. These activities are key to gaining traction for a programme.

Read the Ariel Trust case study.

Read the Ariel Trust case study (Welsh version)


LifeSkills Training (Barnardo’s)

Barnardo s - LifeSkills TrainingThis case study examines the many factors involved in replicating across different geographical areas.

Read the Barnardo’s case study.

Read the Barnardo’s case study (Welsh version).



Lions Quest Skills for Adolescence (Ambition)

This case study highlights how important it is for an organisation to adapt their business model to account for external funding factors.

Read the Ambition case study.

Read the Ambition case study (Welsh version)



Multi-Systemic Therapy (Extern)

Realising Ambition Case Study - ExternThis case study explores the importance of understanding the local context in which you are replicating. Following a number of inappropriate referrals, Extern put a significant amount of work into building relationships with local referral agencies and other stakeholders to ensure its service was reaching the right people.

Read the Extern case study.

Read the Extern case study (Welsh version).


PATHS Plus Programme (Barnardo’s)

This case study shows how replicating programmes delivered simultaneously across all four UK nations requires robust management to embed them, ensure they are delivered with fidelity and sustain them.

Read the Barnardo’s case study.

Read the Barnardo’s case study (Welsh version)


Positive Assertive Confidence Skills (Kidscape)

kidscape-positive-assertive-confidence-skills-coverThis case study highlights the range of challenges that using external delivery partners can pose to organisations replicating with this model.

Read the Kidscape case study.

Read the Kidscape case study (Welsh version).



Realising Ambition (Shelter)

Realising Ambition Case Study - ShelterThis case study explores why and how adaptations may need to be made to a service when replicating it in order to best meet local need.

Read the Shelter case study.

Read the Shelter case study (Welsh version)



Respect Young People’s Programme (Respect)

respect-cover-borderThis case study highlights the large amount of investment required by developers to ensure that external partners deliver programmes with fidelity. It also demonstrates that delivery organisations can be vulnerable to external factors, like funding cuts, but delivery through multiple partners can offer solutions to this challenge.

Read the Respect case study.

Read the Respect case study (Welsh version).


Roots of Empathy (Action for Children)

This case study shows how important the context of delivery is for the sustainability of services, even with the most highly evidenced services.

Read the Action for Children case study.

Read the Action for Children case study (Welsh version)



Stepping Up (The Bridge Foundation)

This case study shows that it is difficult to replicate a programme that offers combinations of services that are chosen specifically to meet each child’s interests and needs, meaning the service differs significantly from child to child.

Read the Bridge Foundation case study.

Read the Bridge Foundation case study (Welsh version)


Strength 2 Strength (BANG Edutainment)

BANG - Strength 2 StrengthThis case study examines the great demands placed on organisations of honing interventions and how they can respond to these challenges.

Read the BANG Edutainment case study.

Read the BANG Edutainment case study (Welsh version).



Strengthening Families Programme 10-14 (UK) (Oxford Brookes University)

Oxford Brookes University case studyThis case study explores how developing a sub-contract model enables scale to be achieved, but this requires investment in the model’s management if a complex programme is to be delivered with fidelity.

Read the Oxford Brookes University case study.

Read the Oxford Brookes University case study (Welsh version).


The Co-operative Primary School (Success for All-UK)

This case study highlights the need to ensure that organisational capacity and supporting infrastructure are sufficiently developed if services are to expand rapidly. It also demonstrates that services which do not rely on direct delivery may be scaled quickly.

Read the Success for All-UK case study.

Read the Success for All-UK case study (Welsh version)


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