Centre for Child and Family Research, Loughborough University
MCDERMID, S., 2014. Evaluation of the made to measure pilot: pooling personal budgets first interim report. Loughborough: Centre for Child and Family Research, Loughborough University, 64pp.
Made to Measure is a pilot programme to trial a new approach, offering parents of
disabled children the opportunity to share information and jointly commission
activities by pooling personal budgets. One of the key aims of Made to Measure is to
support policy objectives to improve choice and control for families of disabled
children (Department for Education, 2011). It is anticipated that the pooling of direct
budgets will stimulate the local short breaks market and achieve value for money for
families. Two projects have been established in Trafford and Plymouth. These
projects will be working alongside parents of disabled children, to develop
relationships between parents with similar interests and needs, and to support these
parents to pool their personal budgets in order to directly commission the services
they would like to use.
The Centre for Child and Family Research (CCFR), at Loughborough University has
been commissioned to undertake an evaluation of Made to Measure. This is the first
interim report of the evaluation of the Made to Measure pilot programme. The report
will present the emerging findings of data collected between August 2013 and
January 2014, approximately nine months into the pilot.
This is a report. The record contains both the pdf of the full report and a summary version.