Evaluation of Building Blocks
We’re evaluating Building Blocks to find out how the programme is delivered, what works well and whether it can be improved.
How we’re evaluating this service
Our initial evaluation focuses on the feasibility of implementing the Building Blocks model with local-authority partners. The learning from the initial evaluation will help us carry out a full impact evaluation in the future.
We’re collecting data from the three areas where we’re delivering Building Blocks. There are three main elements:
The family data includes demographic data about the families involved, as well as information about their specific needs and the way the service was delivered to them.
We’re carrying out case studies of ten families. This will involve interviews with as many people as possible, including:
- children (if the child is aged 5-7 and their parents consent to them being involved)
- NSPCC practitioners
- local-authority practitioners
- the person who referred the family to the service (where this is a different person to the local-authority practitioner).
Testing outcomes measures
We’ll be testing the evaluation measures we use for this initial evaluation, to see if they can be used in a full impact evaluation later on.
The evaluation uses the following measures:
- Graded Care Profile 2 (GCP2).
- Maternal Antenatal Attachment Scale (MAAS)
- Mother Object Relationship Scale – Short Form (MORS-SF)
- Rosenberg self-esteem scale
- Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire (SDQ).