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    Innovation in Social Care Assessments for Disabled Children and Young People (2017)

    Evaluation | July 2022 | Hannah Lawrence and Rebecca Bellew, Coram | 0Download

    As part of the Department for Education’s Social Care Innovation Programme Coram was commissioned by the Council for Disabled Children to evaluate the effectiveness of their programme to co-design new approaches to assess disabled children for statutory and non-statutory support. The programme involved five local authorities who tested new approaches with the aim of creating a more efficient and proportionate system for families.

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    Evaluation of Coram Beanstalk’s reading support programmes (2022)

    Evaluation | Wednesday 18th May 2022 | Emma Borjes, Emily Blackshaw, Hannah Lawrence, and Sarah Taylor | 31 Downloads

    Coram Beanstalk’s programmes seek to improve children’s lives through reading support so that their risk of long-term disadvantage and the negative consequences of illiteracy are reduced.

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    Evaluation of the use of objects in social work (2022)

    Evaluation | December 2021 | Vanessa Patel. Sarah Taylor, Lizzie Gilbert, Coram Impact & Evaluation Team | 3 Downloads

    We carried out an evaluation of the use of objects in social work, gathering feedback from social workers and practitioners involved in Coram’s ‘objects in social work’ experimental groups. The groups were run by emeritus professor Mark Doel between March 2021 and October 2021 in Sheffield, London and New York. The use of objects in conversations aims to enable social workers, and children and young people themselves, to better understand their life stories and their support needs. We observed the experimental groups and held one-to-one interviews with 11 experimental group attendees and Mark Doel, to hear about their experiences of using objects in social work and of taking part in the groups.

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    Evaluation of Behaviour Outreach Support Service (2021)

    Evaluation | Wednesday 1st December 2021 | Sarah Taylor, Anna Ludvigsen, Daniel Stern, Lizzie Gilbert, Anita Chandra, Chloe Spencer-Dene, Emma Borjes, Vanessa Patel | 1Download

    Funded by What Works for Children’s Social Care, Coram carried out a mixed-methods pilot evaluation in academic year 2020/21 of a school-based Family Action intervention , designed and delivered by Family Action, called the Behaviour Outreach Support Service. Our plans for the evaluation were published in 2020. It aimed to help schools improve their support to pupils who display challenging behaviour. BOSS was delivered to 77 pupils aged 5 to 11, who have or have had a social worker, in eight primary schools in York. Our methods were: semi-structured interviews with pupils, parents, carers, teachers, BOSS staff and York council staff, administrative data collection and analysis, case files review, paper diaries completed by pupils, and an online survey for school staff.

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    Evaluation of Tomorrow's Achievers Coding With Purpose Clubs

    Evaluation | November 2021 | Daniel Stern, Emma Borjes, Sarah Taylor | 0Download

    We evaluated the pilot of the Coding with Purpose / Cr8 and Code Clubs which took place on Coram Campus, London, between October 2019 and August 2021, using surveys, interviews and written feedback. Our findings are below, set out against the evaluation objectives.

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    New Belongings Programme: Baseline evaluation report (2021)

    Evaluation | Monday 23rd August 2021 | Dr Anna Ludvigsen and Dr Sarah Taylor | 62 Downloads

    New Belongings is a three-year programme (2019-2022) being delivered by Coram Voice. The programme works with eight local authorities in England, supporting them to engage care leavers in service improvements using a co-production approach.

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    Young Citizens Programme Evaluation: interim report July 2021

    Evaluation Sharing learning Young people | Tuesday 13th July 2021 | Emma Borjes | 43 Downloads

    This interim report analyses feedback from young people and professionals involved in Coram’s Young Citizens Training Programme from July 2019 to March 2021.

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    Family Group Conferencing at pre-proceedings stage (2019-2022)

    Evaluation | June 2021 | 1Download

    Coram is carrying out an evaluation of a type of decision making used in children’s social care in the UK and internationally. The evaluation involves over 20 local authorities in England and is funded by What Works for Children’s Social Care, as part of a Department for Education programme, Supporting Families: Investing In Practice.

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    Evaluation of Creative Life Story Work (2020)

    Evaluation | March 2021 | Sarah Taylor, Chloe Juliette, Emma Borjes, Claudia Mollidor, Chloe Juliette, Karl Ashworth | 2 Downloads

    With our partners Ipsos MORI, Coram is carrying out an evaluation of a Blue Cabin model of Creative Life Story Work. We have published plans for a randomised controlled trial plus process evaluation (interviews and survey), funded by What Works for Children’s Social Care, of the implementation of the programme in Darlington, Gateshead and South Tyneside councils.

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    Follow-up evaluation of Family Group Conferences in pre-proceedings (2020)

    Evaluation | March 2020 | Hannah Lawrence, Dr Anna Ludvigsen, Dr Sarah Taylor, Jorgen Lovbakke | 2 Downloads

    We followed up a previous evaluation carried out under Round one of the Department for Education’s Children’s Social Care Innovation Programme. We carried out interviews and analysed data to find out what happened next to child outcomes in Wiltshire and Southwark councils, after families received Daybreak Family Group Conferences.