Evidence, Monitoring and Evaluation
Together with our partners, we are shaping an outcomes-focused service system. This involves building an evidence base of services that are proven to work, as well as monitoring and evaluating solutions to ensure they are improving outcomes.
Shared Outcomes Framework
A comprehensive monitoring and evaluation framework is used to identify the best-practice data collection required to measure benefits and evaluate outcomes consistently across service solutions.
TFM’s Shared Outcomes Framework translates our vision into a quantifiable set of outcomes and indicators drawn from multiple sources. This helps TFM and other agencies to track whether their combined efforts are improving these outcomes for vulnerable children and families in NSW over time.
This framework builds upon the NSW Human Services Outcomes Framework, observing the same outcomes domains of Economic, Education & Skills, Empowerment, Health, Home, Safety, and Social & Community. Using these domains ensures consistency in outcomes measurement across NSW agencies.
This framework enables us to take a client centric view to identify the effectiveness of programs to ensure we make a positive long-term difference to people’s lives.
Monitoring and evaluation
Programs and integrated solutions are evaluated continually, with data collection and performance monitoring systems embedded in regular service delivery. Ongoing monitoring will help us test how well supports are performing, if the outcomes anticipated are being achieved, and whether readjustment is necessary.
Programs we are evaluating
Evaluation has commenced or is planned for 2019, for the following programs implemented as part of Their Futures Matter:
- Functional Family Therapy Child Welfare (FFT-CW)
- Multi-systemic Therapy for Child Abuse and Neglect (MST-CAN)
- Under 12s cohort service solution
- LINKS Trauma Healing Service
- Futures Planning and Support
Their Futures Matter is working collaboratively with partner agencies and non-government organisations to design practical and effective solutions to improve individual outcomes for vulnerable children and families.
Using the best available evidence from government agencies, the service sector and academic literature, we are able to identify:
- what solutions have demonstrated success
- where more evidence is needed
- service solutions that need to be designed to support vulnerable children, young people, and families
For example, our Aboriginal Evidence Building in Partnership Project is building the local evidence base for Aboriginal programs in NSW. Our aim is to work with our community partners to develop a stronger evidence base of programs and services that work best for Aboriginal children, young people, families, and communities.