Social Care Evidence in Practice – Prevention programme

Important: Prevention and early intervention – what’s happening?

The care and support white paper (July 2012) stated the government’s aim to make prevention and early intervention a core local authority role.

However, evidence suggests that many local authorities are struggling with how best to evaluate effective prevention services in order to maintain services in light of budget restrictions.

In addition, what is understood by “prevention” is still not fully clear for those trying to implement it – as it can, and often does, stand for different things in different circumstances.

The Social Care Evidence in Practice (SCEiP) team has been working with local authorities to develop a prevention framework that aims to offer some clarification and solutions by providing:

  • A definition of prevention
  • Guidance for  effective outcome measuring
  • Recommendations for outcome monitoring and service evaluation

SCEiP is asking all local authorities to complete a survey. The more information provided will allow for a more in depth exploration of current processes in prevention, and will facilitate work on how best to improve prevention approaches and service evaluations.

The survey is split into two sections:

Section 1 focuses on your definition of and strategy for prevention, and aims to capture data on what you expect from prevention services. We would also ask you to provide case studies of best practice and good services in prevention that can be shared. It can be downloaded here

Section 2 looks at what prevention services you provide, including those jointly funded or provided with health/public health etc; what data are collected on services and how data are used, and invites responses on 2 excel spreadsheets. Part 2 can be downloaded here

Please download and complete both sections separately, returning both documents to before 28 August 2013.

SSRG urges you to respond to the survey by participating yourself or by forwarding to colleagues with responsibility in this area.

Please also indicate whether a representative will attend the free action workshop in September. If you have any questions or require any assistance to complete the survey please contact

NB: This is an abridged version of background information and instructions. Full details can be accessed at: