An Evaluation of the Bright Spots Programme

The Bright Spots Team, Shirley Lewis, Julie Selwyn

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The evaluation focused on understanding whether involvement in the Bright Spots Programme had directly or indirectly led the local authority (LA) to make changes to their policies and influenced practice.
Method: Collaborative outcomes reporting (Dart and Roberts 2014); a participatory approach with six steps beginning with the development of a logic model.
Sample: Six English local authorities took part.
Data Collection: Information came from three sources: (1) documents evidencing how the LAs had incorporated changes from Bright Spots into policy, (2) interviews with senior managers, social workers and professionals, and (3) from focus groups with children and young people in four of the six LAs. The evaluation took place between September 2019 and November 2020.
Data analysis: Using all the information, a spreadsheet was created to build a picture of which of the outcomes from the logic model had been met by LAs and where there were gaps.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherUniversity of Oxford
Number of pages63
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2021
Externally publishedYes


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