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Self-directed support in Scotland: evaluation of the pilot project

Purpose

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.

Timescale

2009 - 2011 

Research team

Jill Manthorpe and Michelle Cornes (SCWRU)
Julie Ridley, Helen Spandler and Ann Rosengard (University of Central Lancashire)
Bill White (disability consultant)
Susan Hunter (University of Edinburgh)

Funding

Scottish Government

Methods

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.

Output

Final Report

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.

Summary report

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.

Literature review

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. 

Articles

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.

Impact

The study is closely engaged with Scottish Government as it develops its SDS legislation, policy and guidance.
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