Individual Budgets Final Evaluation Reports

Written by Department for EducationDate 03 Jul 2011

Content IBfinalevalThe personalisation of public services has been a consistent direction of policy over the last few years. This has been maintained by the Coalition Government, with the recent Green Paper including a clear expectation of increased choice and control for young people and families.

A series of pilots were commissioned to test whether the Individual Budgets (IB) concept and approach worked in practice, and to what extent the approach was cost-effective. This evidence in turn would help to inform any decision on rolling out of IBs.

The final evaluation report seeks to present a detailed assessment of the process related progress made by the pilot sites over the original two-year pilot programme. As such, the report focuses on the means by which the pilots were set-up and delivered, and the resource and infrastructure requirements associated with the IB approach, where progress is measured against the ten elements of the Common Delivery Model.

The main evaluation reports are also accompanied by: a set of six case study reports, detailing the activities and progress made by each of the pilot sites; two thematic case study reports, focusing on resource allocation and the means by which safeguarding has been addressed in the IB context; and a technical report.  


  • Introduction
  • An introduction to the IB approach and the pilot sites
  • Organisational engagement and cultural change
  • Engaging and involving families
  • Setting up the infrastructure pt I - resource allocation
  • Setting up the infrastructure pt II - support planning and the family journey
  • Funding streams and services
  • Pilot inputs and costs
  • Refining the CDM
  • Annexes