A briefing for service providers and commissioners : measuring outcomes for survivors of violence and abuse (REVA project, briefing 5)

Scott, Sara, Williams, Jennie, McNaughton, Nichola C., McManus, Sally, Brown, Ashley, Harvey, Shannon, Kelly, Liz and Lovett, Jo (2015) A briefing for service providers and commissioners : measuring outcomes for survivors of violence and abuse (REVA project, briefing 5). Project Report. NatCen, London.

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Abstract

The long-term consequences of violence and abuse can only be addressed if appropriate services for survivors are available. Many such services are located within the voluntary sector, and the fact that they are oversubscribed indicates a high level of demand, but there is limited robust evidence as to whether, how and why they work.

Third sector organisations need to demonstrate their effectiveness, particularly in the context of competitive commissioning (Harlock, 2013). However, cuts to already under-resourced services in the violence against women and girls (VAWG) sector have made it difficult for many, especially smaller services, to develop meaningful measurement frameworks or to fully engage in commissioning processes (Callanan et al., 2012; Women’s Aid & Imkaan, 2014). The lack of standardised sector-specific outcome measures also means that services may be required to conduct multiple monitoring exercises for a variety of different funding streams, with none fully reflecting the reality of their work.

To address these gaps, one strand of the REVA project has involved developing an outcomes framework to reflect the work of such services more accurately. In doing this, we built upon work underway in the specialist women’s voluntary sector by Women’s Aid, Imkaan, Rape Crisis England and Wales, and consulted with a range of individuals and organisations through the REVA Reference Network. We also drew on tools developed and used within the health and mental health sectors. Our aim was for the measures to be suitable for use in a range of types of services addressing various forms of violence and abuse located in both the voluntary and statutory sectors. The resulting outcomes tool was piloted in seven voluntary sector and NHS settings in 2013-14.

Item Type: Monograph (Project Report)
Uncontrolled Keywords: survivors of violence and abuse; responding effectively to violence and abuse (REVA) project; violence against women and girls (VAWG)
Subjects: 300 Social sciences > 360 Social problems & services; associations
Department: School of Social Sciences
Depositing User: Generic CWASU
Date Deposited: 24 May 2018 08:53
Last Modified: 25 May 2018 14:59
URI: http://repository.londonmet.ac.uk/id/eprint/1508

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