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ERIC Number: ED502430
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Feb
Pages: 86
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 14
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-9053-1438-6
The Development of the Children's Services Statistical Neighbour Benchmarking Model. Final Report
Benton, Tom; Chamberlain, Tamsin; Wilson, Rebekah; Teeman, David
National Foundation for Educational Research
In April 2006, the Department for Education and Skills (DfES) commissioned the National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER) to conduct an independent external review in order to develop a single "statistical neighbour" model. This single model aimed to combine the key elements of the different models currently available and be relevant to children and young people's services, to support local authorities (LAs) with the Every Child Matters (ECM) agenda. The new model, described in this report, was developed to ensure that it is appropriate for use in benchmarking across the range of indicators that are defined in the ECM Outcomes framework. This necessary focus for the model is distinct from previously developed methodologies and provided a guide for the decisions that determine how statistical neighbours are defined. The research aims to deliver a single statistical neighbour model by combining, and enhancing, the key elements of the different models currently available which are relevant to children and young people's services. The specific objectives of the research were to develop a robust model of statistical neighbours for all 150 LAs in England; provide reasoned criteria for the decisions made in the development of the statistical neighbours model; and develop an easy to use tool in Excel format for displaying individual LAs with their statistical neighbours, as well as all 150 groups in one place for ease of comparative analysis. The research was broken down into two main areas: consultation with stakeholders (via an online bulletin board and telephone interviews); and technical research relating to grouping LAs into statistical neighbours. Section 2 provides a brief description of the work that was undertaken as part of the consultation exercise and summarizes the key findings. Section 3 discusses the technical issues raised by the consultation and presents a summary of the technical approach used to develop the statistical neighbour model. Section 4 explores the similarities and differences between the new model and the model developed by Ofsted in 1998. Further details on the consultation and technical exercises, along with details of the statistical neighbours designated to each LA and information about the Excel tool developed for presenting statistical neighbours can be found in the appendices. Eight appendixes include: (1) The bulletin board consultation; (2) Interviews with stakeholders; (3) Literature review; (4) Criteria for comparing models; (5) Defining statistical neighbours; (6) Screenshot of the new model; (7) List of local authorities' statistical neighbours; and (8) Practitioner user-guide. (Contains 7 tables and 9 notes.
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Foundation for Educational Research
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)