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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Safer Schools Partnership (Remedi)
Anne Frank Schools and Ambassadors Programme
This 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.
Boy’s Development Programme (Working With Men)
Early Intervention and Family Support Programme (Malachi)
Early Intervention Mentoring (Chance UK)
Functional Family Therapy (Action for Children)
Glasgow Children’s Parliament Community Initiative (Children’s Parliament)
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.
LifeSkills Training (Barnardo’s)
Lions Quest Skills for Adolescence (Ambition)
Multi-Systemic Therapy (Extern)
This 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.
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.
Positive Assertive Confidence Skills (Kidscape)
Realising Ambition (Shelter)
Respect Young People’s Programme (Respect)
This 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.
Roots of Empathy (Action for Children)
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.
Strength 2 Strength (BANG Edutainment)
Strengthening Families Programme 10-14 (UK) (Oxford Brookes University)
This 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.
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.
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