An independent evaluation of the Realigning Children’s Services (RCS) programme has been published. The evaluation considered the impact and effectiveness of the programme’s delivery within the first five Community Planning Partnerships (CPPs) who took part in the programme: Clackmannanshire, South Lanarkshire and West Lothian (2015/2016) and Falkirk and North Lanarkshire (2016/2017).
The evaluation found that by engaging in the RCS programme, stakeholders in all five CPPs reported that they have;
- improved their collaboration and multi-agency working;
- gained more of an understanding of local needs and how that aligns with service provision;
- increased their use of evidence to inform decision-making;
- earned a collective understanding of local priorities and their knowledge and
- developed skills about ways of bringing about change.
The evaluation recommends how the RCS programme can further support Scotland’s Community Planning Partnerships to improve their joint strategic decision making in relation to children’s services.
The RCS Programme has drawn on the evaluation report’s findings to support its current work with South Ayrshire, Dumfries & Galloway and Moray.
Read the full evaluation report on the Scottish Government website