As part of the National Evaluation of the Troubled Families Programme, the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government (MHCLG) commissioned Ipsos MORI to undertake large-scale research into the experiences of families and staff of the programme. The evaluation is running between 2015 and 2020 and is made up of a series of components.
The report published today is based on a longitudinal follow-up survey of families in receipt of help from the Troubled Families Programme in 19 local authorities, providing a picture of families’ lives and feedback on the keyworker experience. It presents findings from a cohort of 654 main carers and 307 young people who were interviewed in 2015/16 as they were starting on the programme and again around two years later, in 2017/8, looking at how their attitudes and circumstances may have changed over this time.
The family survey paints a rich picture of families lives and provides further evidence that they have multiple complex needs. It shows a number of positive trends but some negative too, although it is important to note it cannot tell us about the impact of the programme.