Each organisation in Realising Ambition has sought to monitor the outcomes of children and young people prior to and after service delivery. Each was supported to identify a small number of outcomes central to the logic model underpinning their service.
Projects were encouraged to select outcomes – and associated standardised and validated measurement tools – from the Realising Ambition Outcomes Framework, where these were suitable.
This framework contains five broad outcome areas with specific indicators under each area (see the overview below); a standardised and validated child self-report questionnaire is associated with each indicator as one of the tools for organisations to use to measure likely impact.
Projects could supplement these with other standardised project-specific tools, as well as parent, teacher or other respondent tools where necessary (and in a small number of cases, use only these).
This was not an externally undertaken evaluation. Instead, projects have themselves administered questionnaires via the Views system during the course of ‘real world’ delivery. Those questionnaires from the Realising Ambition Outcomes Framework were automatically scored and summarised within Views.
It is worth emphasising that it is not possible to attribute changes in outcomes to the service (to do this, a comparison group is required). However, the data can provide an indication about whether changes in outcomes are in line with expectations, and when analysed further, may offer opportunities for service refinement and improvement.
In the framework above, the darker the colour, the greater number of times the indicator has been chosen by organisations, with white being 0.