The Centre for Research on Families and Relationships has been contracted for a year to monitor and evaluate the Safe and Sound partnership project.
The partners, Shelter Scotland and Relationships Scotland Family Mediation Tayside and Fife, are pooling their expertise and service knowledge on young people, families and homelessness to identify and address the challenges young people face as a result of housing instability and breakdown in family relationships.
Key goals are to promote and enhance skills which can reduce risks for young people at risk of homelessness, and to improve communication and conflict resolution through family mediation. CRFR is using two main methods: contribution analysis and pluralistic evaluation.
Contribution analysis develops a theory of change that sets out how stakeholders envisage success, works back to set out how to achieve this shared goal and unpicks assumptions to minimise risks and to be clearer about what factors the project has direct influence over. Criteria for success are dynamic and will be reviewed throughout the project by all stakeholders. In this case a results chain has been developed with the staff team and reviewed with young people who have used the project
A pluralistic evaluation takes account of the various stakeholders perspectives, areas of agreement and dissent, both to find a common core of agreement and to address individual concerns. Included in that are the young people and families’ views of what a positive outcome from the project might look like.
Contact: Sarah Morton
Funding details: Contracted by Shelter Scotland
Research team: Linda McKie, Sarah Morton
Dates: 2013-2014 (one year)
Type of project: Monitoring and evaluation
Keywords: service provision & young people and families, homelessness, mediation