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The Social Care Evidence in Practice (SCEiP) Project aims to explore innovative methods of knowledge exchange to apply research evidence to practice issues in adult social care. In autumn 2012 the SCEiP project team were approached by a local authority and asked to present research messages on reablement and cost-effectiveness; the workshop that took place in January 2013.

What emerged from the workshop, and several that have followed, was the need for guidance on delivering prevention in keeping with emerging policy objectives. The care and support white paper (July 2012) stated the government’s aim to make prevention and early intervention a core local authority role. However many local authorities are struggling with how best to evaluate effective prevention services in order to defend their services in light of budget restrictions.

It also seems that what is understood by “prevention” is still not fully clear for those trying to implement it – as it can, and often does, stand for different things in different circumstances. The SCEiP team has been working with a group of local authorities to develop a prevention framework that can be used as a guidance for all councils implementing a prevention strategy. The framework will aim to lessen some of the ambiguity around prevention, and offer solutions to difficulties in evaluating the effectiveness of interventions, by providing:

  • A definition of prevention
  • Guidance for effective outcome measuring
  • Recommendations for outcome monitoring and service evaluation
  • A platform for best practice sharing and strategy evaluation

In order to achieve this by January 2014 the project is planning a series of activities that will feed into one another to create, implement and evaluate a prevention framework.

Prevention flowchart

We are asking all local authorities to participate in stage one of this process and complete the data survey below. The more information provided in this stage will allow for a more in depth exploration of current processes in prevention, and will facilitate work on how best to improve prevention approaches and service evaluations.


The survey is split into two sections. Please download and complete both sections separately, returning both documents to before 30 August 2013, and indicate whether a representative will  be available to attend the action workshop in September. If you have any questions or require any assistance to complete the survey please contact

Section 1 of the survey is focused on your definition of and strategy for prevention, and aims to capture data on what you expect from prevention services. We would also ask you to provide case studies of best practice and good services in prevention that can be shared.

There are six questions in this section, please feel free to add as much information as possible. If you believe you have documents that are relevant to a question, please write the title of the document in the answer section and attach it when you return the survey.

Please download Section 1 of the survey here

Section 2 of the survey looks at what prevention services you provide, what data is collected on services, how the data is used and whether it is accessible. Please add as much data as you can to strengthen the analysis.

This section is spread across two sheets in excel, on the first sheet please include information on services included under social care, and use sheet two for services that are joint funded or provided with health/public health ect.

Please download Section 2 of the survey here

Thank you for your engagement with the project.