Traverse conducted an independent evaluation of the Ageing Better programme in Camden. Ageing Better in Camden (ABC) is one of 14 partnerships funded through the Big Lottery Fund’s £82m Fulfilling Lives: Ageing Better Programme. The ABC programme is investing over £9m in local projects between 2017 and 2021 through a mix of £4.5m of Big Lottery funding, £1.5m matched funding from local and wider agencies and an estimated £3m of ‘in kind’ contributions from local level voluntary action.
ABC’s target outcomes are: older people involved in the programme feeling less socially isolated; involving older citizens at risk of or experiencing social isolation in their communities and supporting local services which work with socially isolated older people (SIOP) in Camden to be relevant to their service users’ needs, better coordinated and to reach more older people.
Our local evaluation has the following broad aims:
• Understanding and assessing the success of ABC locally against the ABC programme outcomes;
• Expanding understanding regarding what works in preventing and treating social isolation, and;
• Contributing to the national programme and its evaluation by plugging gaps and complimenting what is being collected.
In overview our approach comprises, baseline and follow up surveys with project beneficiaries, in depth interviews with project leads at three time points, in depth interviews with programme stakeholders in Camden at three time points and qualitative fieldwork with project beneficiaries at two time points. Our work will be enhanced through a small number of video case studies, developed with project beneficiaries, aiming to highlight the impact of the programme at an individual level.
Our evaluation has been designed to capture data for the Common Measurement Framework which feeds into the overall national programme evaluation being conducted by Ecorys as well as qualitative data from project participants and local stakeholders to understand process and impact related learning throughout the course of the programme. We are paying particular attention to ensuring that participation in the evaluation places as little burden on projects and beneficiaries as possible, building relationships with each project to understand their capabilities and engagement preferences.
The focus of the team is working with Age UK Camden and the funded projects to ensure that the CMF data collection is on target and to conduct baseline qualitative data collection via focus groups and in depth interviews
We have already synthesised evaluation evidence form the first two years of the programme which has been shared with programme leads to inform ongoing delivery of the programme.
An interim report was produced in July 2018.