An independent evaluation report on a BRCC project to scale up its Good Neighbour scheme model to other rural areas has been published by Nesta, which funded the project through its Centre for Social Action Innovation Fund.
Some difficulties were experienced with the evaluation, as the project timescale of 15 months proved insufficient for project partners to set up new Good Neighbour schemes in time to gather any meaningful data concerning their impact.
Nevertheless, the report by respected consultancy Red Quadrant concluded that “The likelihood remains that Good Neighbour schemes can be shown to be both effective and economic in the space between household and statutory service provision, helping to reduce pressures on formal services and improve quality of life for people in need, while stimulating civic involvement. In a context where the themes of post-welfare resilience, reduced public sector funding and demographic change all resonate to create intense pressures for change in adult social care, it could be regarded as injudicious not to invest thoroughly in these schemes for the future.”
You can download the report here