The Big Lottery Fund is providing up to £26 million to transform outcomes for children living in families with multiple and complex needs. 26 projects have been funded, each of which have been awarded up to £900,000 to deliver their projects over 3–5 years.
Through this programme BIG is also making a significant contribution to the development of better services for families with multiple and complex needs. The Improving Futures programme was launched in March 2011. Voluntary and community sector (VCS) organisations from across the UK were invited to submit partnership proposals for how they would achieve the following outcomes:
improved outcomes for children in families with multiple and complex needs
new approaches to local delivery, demonstrating replicable models which lead to more effective, tailored and joined up support for families with multiple and complex needs
improved learning and sharing of best practice between public services and VCS organisations.
Big Lottery Fund has commissioned a partnership led by Ecorys with the University of Nottingham, Parenting UK and IPSOS Mori to undertake an independent evaluation of the Improving Futures programme over five years from 2011 to 2016. The partners bring complementary expertise from across research, academia and the voluntary sector. Together they will ensure that the evaluation is robust and maximises the impact on policy and practice.
The evaluation aims to assess the effectiveness and impact of the programme. It will support the projects with identifying outcomes and measuring progress over time and will focus on capturing and sharing learning between the individual projects, and disseminating to policymakers and practitioners across the UK.