Evaluation matters. It is important to know whether the services or interventions local areas provide as part of the national Reducing Parental Conflict (RPC) programme are beneficial for the children and families who most need them.
EIF is offering a number of local areas bespoke evaluation support over 5–6 months starting in August or September 2020, to help progress evaluation of their local RPC programme as an integral part of their work with children and families to help reduce parental conflict.
To apply for this support, please click the link below to fill out an online expression of interest (EOI). Submissions must be received by 5pm, Friday 10 July.
Before starting your EOI, please download our guidance document, which provides more detail on the support being offered and the application process, including the questions within the online form.
Your EOI should be completed online by the SPOC (single point of contact) for the RPC programme in your area, or a colleague who has a good overview of the local authority’s strategic plans for reducing parental conflict and improving children’s outcomes.
Only one EOI should be submitted per local authority.
If you have any further questions regarding the EOI, please email Max Stanford.
EIF is reviewing how local authorities and intervention developers and providers are adapting their reducing parental conflict (RPC) support for families using virtual, digital or remote delivery methods, as a result of the Covid-19 lockdown.
As part of this work, we have produced a survey to improve our understanding of the types of changes being made and the key challenges or concerns of those involved in providing RPC support.
There are two versions of this survey, one for local authorities, and one for developers or providers of RPC interventions. Please ensure you access the guidance and fill out the survey that is appropriate to your situation.
We will be accepting submissions up until 5pm, Wednesday 8 July.
All responses are gratefully received – thank you for your time. If you have any questions regarding the survey, please email Virginia Ghiara.
1. Local authorities
- The survey should be completed by the SPOC (single point of contact) for the RPC programme, or a colleague who has a good overview of the local authority’s strategic plans for reducing parental conflict and improving outcomes for children.
- Only one response should be submitted per local authority.
- The survey should take about 10 minutes to complete.
- Before starting your survey, please download our guidance document for local government respondents, which provides details of the questions within the survey.
2. Developers and providers of RPC interventions
- The survey should be completed by those directly responsible for the design and implementation of interventions aimed at improving parental conflict and/or the quality of the interparental relationship more broadly.
- Only one response should be submitted per provider/developer.
- The survey should take about 15 minutes to complete.
- Before starting your survey, please download our guidance document for providers and developers, which provides details of the questions within the survey.
There is much to be learnt from the digital creativity and experimentation which is happening across public services right now. To get around the lack of face-to-face contact, schools and family support services are experimenting with ways of engaging with families, including virtual delivery of services that families would previously have received face-to-face.
In the midst of the upheaval created by short-term delivery challenges, there is a real risk that crucial messages about what really made the difference, and lessons about what didn’t work, will be missed.
To assist, EIF is offering short-term, practical support to local areas who are looking to evaluate these types of services.
What have you learned about effective ways to reduce parental conflict and improve outcomes for children?
We are collecting examples of how local areas are introducing change, adapting their strategies and changing the way they work. Now that the national Reducing Parental Conflict Programme is underway, we are interested in telling the stories of local places who are innovating, testing and learning about how to improve outcomes for children in their area by tackling damaging conflict between parents.
A selection of practice examples will be considered for sharing via our Reducing Parental Conflict Hub and Reducing Parental Conflict Commissioner Guide.
Submit your practice examples via our online form.
This form needs to be completed in one visit – we’ve listed the questions below, so that you can prepare before you start. If you would like a personalised link to the form, so that you can come and go as many times as you need to before submitting it, please email email@example.com
You may submit details about something that you have done already, or something that you have plans in place to do.
The questions in the form ask about:
- the problem you are trying to address
- how you know this is a problem
- the solution you are introducing
- whether this solution is rooted in evidence
- what steps are involved in implementing this solution
- your intended results
- how you are measuring progress against these outcomes.
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