The Improvement Service is working with key partners to carry out and/or support evaluations covering a range of activities. These include:
- Evaluating potential funding models and delivery approaches which could be used to allocate the levy funding devolved to the Scottish Government for debt advice. A progress report on the evaluation of one of the potential funding models, disseminating debt levy funding though direct grants to local authorities, is now available.
A KHub group - 'Debt Levy Funding Discussion Forum Scotland' has been established for Group established for professionals and organisations to engage with and comment on the Improvement Service’s report on potential funding models and delivery approaches which could be used to allocate the levy funding devolved to the Scottish Government for debt advice. Please note you will have to register to use this group.
Following extensive engagement the findings from second phase of engagement on potential funding models and delivery approaches which could be used to allocate the levy funding devolved to the Scottish Government for debt advice have been produced. The report outlines the wide range of views expressed and sets out the next steps in the consideration and evaluation of potential funding models.
- Evaluation of the Illegal Money Lending Prevention Programme supported by Trading Standards Scotland
- Supporting a ‘Social Return on Investment’ analysis of the ‘Maximise’ project in Edinburgh — a project offering family support, access to advice and assistance with employability. It is delivered by a partnership between NHS Lothian, CHAI, Children 1st, Capital City Partnership and City of Edinburgh Council.
- Assessing the benefits of providing welfare and money advice to mental health in-patients at Stobhill Hospital, Glasgow. This work is being undertaken jointly with Glasgow Centre for Population and Health. It is an extension of the evaluation of Welfare Advice and Health Partnerships in primary care settings.
- Producing a guide to ‘Collaborative Council Tax Collection’. The guide seeks to offer a set of principles to support a collaborative approach between those in Scottish councils who are responsible for administering council tax and those offering debt and money advice, on either an internal or external basis.
In addition, there is a limited resource to offer support to local authorities and their partners seeking to undertake their own evaluations.