Challenges in applying ‘payment by results’ (PbR) approaches to services for some of the most excluded individuals in society are highlighted in a new briefing from Revolving Doors Agency.
The report looks at how a range of different PbR schemes have been applied to services working with individuals facing multiple and complex problems, including a combination of poor mental health, offending, substance misuse, and homelessness. » Continue reading news item ... “Multiple needs challenges using ‘payment by results’”
We previously mentioned the work done by TheHorseCourse to develop a ‘theory of change’, but Clinks has a gentler introduction in ‘What is theory of change? A researcher’s and practitioner’s view’, with further useful links.
New Philanthropy Capital has an article about its work helping TheHorseCourse, which delivers an equine-assisted behaviour programme in prisons and elsewhere, to develop a theory of change. They have published the work so that other charities can see the process and think about how it might apply to them – the pdf (3.4MB) link is towards the bottom of the piece, http://www.thinknpc.org/blog/can-horses-help-prevent-reoffending/.
The ‘Theory of Change Guide’ (pdf, 231KB) is at http://www.clinks.org/sites/default/files/TheoryofChangeGuide.pdf » Continue reading news item ... “Developing theories of change”
From New Philanthropy Capital, a new report looks at well-being, its role in public policy, how to measure progress and what the data tells us, particularly with regards to young people.
Find ‘Measure what you treasure’ at http://www.thinknpc.org/publications/measure-what-you-treasure/.
New from Third Sector Research Centre ‘Evidence and transparency in the open public services reform: perspectives for the third sector’. The Working Paper examines possible contradictions between the multiple purposes of transparency and evidence-sharing.
Download from TSRC in pdf, 384KB.
An article based around sector think-tank NPC’s philosophy that contributing to public knowledge about what works and what doesn’t is an integral part of delivering charitable outcomes, ‘Stand up and be counted’ is at http://www.thinknpc.org/blog/the-case-for-transparency/.
It observes that it is rare for charity impact reports to be anything other than full of nice data and good stories, but acknowledges that some time lapse may be needed to address failures before they are reported.