Threading the Needle in North Ayrshire
Resources developed from this area of work:
The story of Threading the Needle in North Ayrshire
North Ayrshire monitoring and evaluation form
How to explore decision making and the role of evidence
Blog: All partners are equal by Annie Weir, Senior Engagement & Project Manager , North Ayrshire Health & Social Care Partnership
Blog: How we connect by Martha Lester-Cribb, ESS
For more Threading the Needle resources...
Theme: Using third sector evidence to make informed commissioning decisions
Purpose: To explore how commissioning decisions are made and what third sector evidence can be used to help the decision-making process
Who was involved
Our partners were:
- North Ayrshire Health and Social Care Partnership representatives from the third sector interface, the local authority and the NHS
- Integrated Care Fund funded projects.
What we achieved
By the end of Threading the Needle:
- There was a better shared understanding of how North Ayrshire Health and Social Care Partnership had made Integrated Care Fund decisions to date, what had worked well and what hadn't.
- Decision makers were clearer about how to make future decisions more strategically.
- There was a better shared understanding of how funded third sector projects can contribute to the Partnership’s strategic priorities.
- Those involved had a better idea of what evidence decision makers need and were clearer about how this can be collected and reported.
What we did
The work involved:
- Running a learning set to explore how the Partnership could increase the strategic effectiveness of future commissioning decisions, particularly in relation to the third sector
- Providing evaluation skills training for funded third sector organisations and appropriate Partnership representatives
- Working with all partners to develop a new reporting template for third sector organisations.
See the monitoring and evaluation form developed by North Ayrshire Health and Social Care Partnership during the project here.
The story in North Ayrshire:
“Self-evaluation training was provided to third sector projects and appropriate local authority and NHS staff. The learning set made excellent progress in exploring how funding decisions had been made historically and thinking about what evidence would be needed to improve strategic decision making in the future. This thinking informed a new reporting template for funded projects. The work with the learning set led to a new resource which can help others explore their own decision making processes and the role of evidence.”
Martha Lester-Cribb, ESS Evaluation Support Manager, worked with North Ayrshire (pictured above)
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The learning from Threading the Needle has been gathered in the following learning points documents:
We need to talk about data and evidence
We need to build on outcomes
We need to understand where third sector evidence fits