Self-directed support in Scotland: evaluation of the pilot project
The Scottish Government is running self-directed support (SDS) pilot projects in three local authority areas. Funding has been given to these authorities to promote choice and control, to blend funding streams and to improve the support. The Scottish Government has commissioned an evaluation to explore how its support has enabled the authorities to reduce bureaucracy and to promote leadership of such change.
2009 - 2011
Research teamJill Manthorpe
and Michelle Cornes
Julie Ridley, Helen Spandler and Ann Rosengard (University of Central Lancashire)
Bill White (disability consultant)
Susan Hunter (University of Edinburgh)
Funding Scottish Government
This is a multi-method evaluation, working with the three pilot authorities using an action learning approach and collection of data from a variety of sources, including practitioners, managers and people using services. The study was informed by a systematic literature review.
Ridley, J., Spandler, H., Rosengard, A., Little, S., Cornes, M., Manthorpe, J., Hunter, S., Kinder, T. & Gray, B. (2011) 'Evaluation of Self-Directed Support Test Sites in Scotland' [pdf, 683 KB], Edinburgh: Scottish Government Social Research.
Ridley, J., Spandler, H., Rosengard, A., Little, S., Cornes, M., Manthorpe, J., Hunter, S., Kinder, T. & Gray, B. (2011) 'Evaluation of Self-Directed Support Test Sites in Scotland - Research Findings' [pdf, 111 KB], Edinburgh: Scottish Government Social Research.
Manthorpe, J., Hindes, J., Martineau, S., Cornes, M., Ridley, J., Spandler, H., Rosengard, A., Hunter, S., Little, S. & Gray, B., (2011), 'Self-Directed Support: A Review of the Barriers and Facilitators' [pdf, 662 KB], Edinburgh: Scottish Government Social Research.
Manthorpe, J., Martineau, S., Ridley, J., Cornes, M., Rosengard, A. & Hunter, S. (2014, online) 'Embarking on self-directed support in Scotland: a focused scoping review of the literature', European Journal of Social Work.
Rosengard, A., Ridley, J. & Manthorpe, J. (2013) 'Housing support and personalisation: observations from the Scottish Self-Directed Support test sites', Housing, Care and Support, 16(3/4).
Hunter, S., Manthorpe, J., Ridley, J., Cornes, M. & Rosengard, A. (2012) 'When self-directed support meets adult support and protection: findings from the evaluation of the SDS test sites in Scotland', Journal of Adult Protection, 14(4): 206-215.
The study is closely engaged with Scottish Government as it develops its SDS legislation, policy and guidance.