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Money matters: reviews of cost-effective initiatives

Case studies | July 2011

This set of eight case studies, produced by the Institute of Public Care on behalf of IRISS (the Institute for Research and Innovation in Social Services), provides detailed analysis of the cost-effectiveness of a series of recent social care initiatives, ranging from nationwide and relatively high-profile schemes such as individual budgets to those thus far unique to one country, city or local authority area in the UK.

In each case, the report provides an overview of the initiative - its origins, including previous variants of the scheme, who it is intended to help, and how it works in practice - before justifying claims of cost-effectiveness by reference to detailed comparative costings, using one illustrative implementation of the scheme where the initiative is nationwide. Based on the analysis, the report sets out the initiative`s applicability to other settings as well as potential impediments to broader implementation.

The eight initiatives scrutinised are:

  • A study of Shared Lives schemes in south east England for providing care in the carer`s own home for individuals placed there by the local authority.
  • An extra-care housing scheme completed in Bradford.
  • Health in mind - social inclusion support for people with mental health needs in Bradford based round a series of mental health `well-being cafes`.
  • LinkAge Plus - analysis of nationwide DWP-funded pilot schemes for an holistic approach to provision of services for older people.
  • The Rapid Response Adaptations Programme - a Welsh initiative for providing adaptations such as ramps to let people return to their own homes.
  • A project in north west England to guide older people with low-level needs through a self-assessment process.
  • Analysis of various pilot sites taking different approaches to individual budgets, based on a broader evaluation conducted in 2008.
  • A project in two acute trusts in London to reconfigure hospital discharge procedures to emphasise rehabilitation.

For further information please contact Liz Cairncross at IPC


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