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Explaining the Difference - Logic model on-line tutorial

Learning Link Scotland has created an online logic modelling tutorial from their learning that came from Explaining the Difference project.

Rapid Review of literature concerning the Health and Well-being Impacts of Volunteering for Older people

This rapid review by Dr. Daryll Archibald, Scottish Collaboration for Public Health Research and Policy (SCPRP) concisely identifies the most salient health and well-being impacts of volunteering for older people.

SIT? "Better than Pills" Evidence of the benefits of volunteering

This report produced by Edinburgh Volunteer Centre examines assumptions around volunteering.

SIT? "It's good to go places" - Literature review of community transport

This literature review around transport for older people looks at key pieces of literature to identify if the formal, research based evidence supports our community transport situation tree and logic model of provision of services.

SIT? "No place for fatalism"

This report looks at the ways in which the third sector in Scotland contributes to improving older people’s experiences of declining health, death and bereavement.

SIT? A model to explain the third sector contribution to Reshaping Care for Older People

This model has been developed to explain the third sector's contribution to Reshaping Care for Older People.

SIT? Carer organisations case study

The Stitch in Time? programme team worked with a range of carers organisations in Scotland to develop a model to identify their role in supporting organisations who care for people of diverse ages.

SIT? Changeworks case study on energy advice

The Stitch in Time? programme team worked with Changeworks to develop a model that explained what they did and how they made a difference, and ways of evaluating the activities and outcomes from a project offering advice to older people and energy use and fuel bills.

SIT? Commissioner case study: A common approach to evaluating and reporting

The Stitch in Time? programme team worked with Community Connecting, an innovative project providing support for older people to reconnect or make new connections in their community,and their funder, City of Edinburgh Council, to agree a meaningful and proportionate approach to evaluation and reporting.

SIT? Commissioner case study: Working together in Midlothian

The Stitch in Time? programme team worked with Midlothian Council to show how they worked with older people services funded through the Change Fund to set and report on outcomes. This case study also provides learning about how to work together to achieve outcomes.

SIT? Community Connecting case study: Supporting older people to make connections in their community

The Stitch in Time? programme team worked with Community Connecting, an innovative project providing support for older people to reconnect or make new connections in their community, to develop a common way of assessing outcomes for older people.

SIT? Community Connecting Shared Evaluation Tool

This tool was developed by the Pilmeny Development Project, Health in Mind, Places for People and Edinburgh Volunteer Centre with the assistance of ESS to set outcomes and collect baseline and impact measures. The tool has helped organisations evaluate the impact of the Community Connecting project.

SIT? Community Transport Case Study

In this case study for commissioners, funders, and third sector organisations, the focus is on the outcomes that come from community transport. The Stitch in Time programme team worked with Edinburgh Community Transport Operators Group (ECTOG) to develop a model that explained what they did and how they made a ...

SIT? Dementia-friendly communities Edinburgh City Initiatives 2014 - 2015

Dementia-friendly communities together with high quality care services and a variety of supportive care settings play a part in helping people to live well with dementia. This report reviews the work that has taken place in Edinburgh to create dementia friendly communities.

SIT? Edinburgh Leisure case study on physical exercise

The Stitch in Time? programme team worked with Edinburgh Leisure to develop a model that explained what they did and how they made a difference, and ways of evaluating a specialised intervention to engage participants who are rehabilitating from a fall or experiencing poor balance.

SIT? Evidence review on how third sector carer organisations support unpaid carers achieve their personal outcomes

The literature review explores the evidence around carers outcomes and the impact of the caring role. This is far from a comprehensive review of the formal research evidence. Rather, examples have been selected to evidence short, medium and longer-term outcomes for carers, as outlined in the logic model for the ...

SIT? Evidence review on how third sector supports older people with degenerative neurological conditions in Lothian

This report produced by the Neurological Alliance of Scotland (NAoS) presents collective evidence on how the third sector supports older people and their families who are affected by a degenerative neurological illness in Lothian.

SIT? Focus on third sector interventions that allow older people to stay positive and in control

In this document we focus on outcomes around allowing older people and carers to stay positive and in control.

SIT? Focus on third sector interventions that enable older people and carers to keep or to be more socially connected

In this document we focus on outcomes around enabling older people and carers to keep or be more socially connected.

SIT? Focus on third sector interventions that ensure healthy and active ageing

In this document we focus on outcomes around older people maintaining an active and healthy lifestyle.

SIT? Focus on third sector interventions that make the physical and social environment more age friendly

In the Stitch in Time? model we identified six key sets of outcomes for older people and carers. In this document we focus on outcomes around making the physical and social environment age friendly. This includes the story of how Ann benefitted from the services of Pilton Equalities Project.

SIT? Focus on third sector interventions that make the system work better for older people

In this document we focus on outcomes around making the system work better for older people.

SIT? Focus on third sector interventions to enable older people to keep or to be more financially and materially secure

This document focuses on outcomes around enabling older people to be be financially and materially secure.

SIT? Getting There - Older people telling their stories of the role of community transport in their lives

Community Transport Association has produced this report which explains what older people value about community transport.

SIT? Indicator Bank for third sector outcomes for older people

The Indicator Bank has a range of indicators for each outcome on the logic model. It is written to inform and inspire practitioners to either use the example indicators or think about indicators that are most appropriate for the project or service they are working on.

SIT? Informal Community Action and Reshaping Care for Older people: Case Studies

This document outlines a research examining the role of the informal community sector in supporting the Reshaping Care for Older people.

SIT? Learning from A Stitch in Time? A commissioning guide

This commissioning guide uses the learning from the Stitch in Time? programme. It shows the third sector’s role in ensuring health and wellbeing, how to commission outcomes, and use evidence from third sector organisations. In addition, there are tips to support projects with self-evaluation.

SIT? LGBT Age case study on LGBT services

The Stitch in Time? programme team worked with LGBT Age to develop a model that explained what they did and how they made a difference, and ways of evaluating the activities of a project aimed at improving health and social care services for older lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) ...

SIT? Mapping exercises for Midlothian, East Lothian and Edinburgh

A Stitch in Time? commissioned mapping exercises of older people's informal services in East Lothian, Midlothian and Edinburgh. Three separate reports were produced by Volunteer Development East Lothian (now known as STRiVE), Midlothian Voluntary Action and Edinburgh Voluntary Organisations Council (EVOC).

SIT? Older people Eat Well

This desk review identifies research evidence about older people and nutrition from the last 10 years.

SIT? Optima case study on day care centres

The Stitch in Time? programme team worked with Optima to develop a model that explained what they did, how they made a difference and ways of evaluating day care services.

SIT? Pilton Equalities Project Case Study

This case study consists of two documents: one explaining the model of provision of Pilton Equalities Project (PEP) services and the other describing the evaluation approach that PEP took. The model explains the activities and outcomes, and the evaluation talks about the evaluation challenges and has tips for evaluating in ...

SIT? The benefits of befriending

This study, 'The benefits of befriending' was undertaken by Befriending Networks to explore perceptions of change in mental wellbeing among older clients of befriending (and related) projects following receipt of befriending support, using a 14 item scale based on the Warwick-Edinburgh Mental Well-being Scale (WEMWBS).

SIT? The same, yet different

A review of the evidence of the needs of older lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people and access to Health and Social Care Services.

SIT? Third Sector Interfaces Case Study

This case study about Third Sector Interfaces consists of two documents: the model to explain the activities and outcomes, and the other describing the evaluation approach taken by Midlothian Voluntary Action, the Third Sector Interface in Midlothian.

Threading the Needle - How to explore decision making and the role of evidence

This guide describes the process that was used in 2016 to help North Ayrshire Health & Social Care Partnership review and improve their Integrated Care Fund decision making, with a particular focus on the use of third sector evidence. The process can be adapted to suit other situations.

Threading the Needle - Layers of support

This pictorial illustration of 'the layers of support in our society' was developed during the Threading the Needle work in Fife.

Threading the Needle - Learning point: We need to build the focus on outcomes

Using third sector evidence to commission outcomes for health and social care - We need to build the focus on outcomes shares what ESS has found out about current practice within health and social care partnerships around setting and measuring outcomes, and evaluation in general.

Threading the Needle - Learning point: We need to talk about data and evidence

Using third sector evidence to commission outcomes for health and social care - We need to talk about data and evidence shares what ESS has found out about how the third and public sectors can talk to each other about data and evidence.

Threading the Needle - Learning point: We need to understand where third sector evidence fits

Using third sector evidence to commission outcomes for health and social care - We need to understand where third sector evidence fits aims to share what we found out about third sector data and evidence and its use in commissioning services.

Threading the Needle - Monitoring and evaluation form (North Ayrshire)

North Ayrshire Health and Social Care Partnership developed this monitoring and evaluation form for the Integrated Care Fund.

Threading the Needle - Reviewing the pathway

This document describes how Evaluation Support Scotland (ESS) helped the Glasgow City Health and Social Care Partnership to review the pathway for anticipatory care planning (ACP).

Threading the Needle - Story board for Fife

This infographic tells the story of Threading the Needle in Fife working with Fife Health and Social Care Partnership and befriending organisations.

Threading the Needle - Story board for Glasgow

This story board shows the work of Glasgow Health and Social Care Partnership to develop Anticipatory Care Plans with support from the third sector.

Threading the Needle - Story board for North Ayrshire

This infographic tells the story of Threading the Needle in North Ayrshire working with North Ayrshire Health and Social Care Partnership and the use of third sector evidence in decision making.

Threading the Needle - Story board for Perth and Kinross

This presentation tells the story of Threading the Needle in Perth and Kinross and how third sector evidence can be used in locality planning.

Threading the Needle - Understanding how befriending can help Fife Health & Social Care Partnership address its priorities

'From the source to the sea' document is a product of Threading the Needle which illustrates how befriending services may be able to help the Fife Partnership achieve its strategic priorities ( and the none national health and wellbeing outcomes).

Violence against Women - Breaking the pattern: Practitioner's Guide and Report

The practitioner guide is to help groups, services and campaigners measure the impact of their work that challenges and changes attitudes and behaviours to prevent violence against women and girls (VAWG) before it happens. The report tells you about the background to the project, key learning points and information about ...