The NDTi have been granted funding from the National Institute for Health Research’s School of Social Care Research (SSCR) to gather and review the evidence available on the impact of different types of advocacy for people who need support.
A copy of the full published report, the NDTi Insight (No. 19) - The impact of advocacy for people who use social care services: a review of the evidence, and a copy of the press statement, released when the report was first published are available through the ‘Related Documents’ bar to the right of your screen.
Advocacy has been described as:
‘Taking action to help people say what they want, secure their rights, represent their interests and obtain services they need. Advocates and advocacy schemes work in partnership with the people they support and take their side. Advocacy promotes social inclusion, equality and social justice.’
The review is being carried out to achieve three main objectives:
This review will cover evidence from the UK and Ireland, from 1990 onwards. It will include advocacy for different ‘groups’ of people who need support, including: adults (of all ages) and children; disabled people; people with mental health problems or learning disabilities; and self funders.
The analysis and findings will present evidence in a more comprehensive and robust way than we believe has happened to date, helping local authorities plan, buy and deliver more effective advocacy services. It will also provide vital evidence for organisations delivering advocacy services on existing and potential impact.
The study will gather and scope relevant evidence on the influence of and links between various factors, including:
The review will gather information in two main ways:
If you have or know of any information on the impact of advocacy services which you would be able to share with us or tell us about, we would be delighted to hear from you - please contact Alison Macadam. If you would like to register an interest in this review, and/or receive updates and learning materials as they are produced, please click here.
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