A Study to Explore the Feasibility of Using a Social Return on Investment Approach to Evaluate Short BreaksGill R. Toms, Carys Ll Stringer, Louise M. Prendergast, Diane Seddon, Bethany F. Anthony, Rhiannon T. Edwards
- Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
- Health Policy
- Sociology and Political Science
- Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
Short breaks help maintain caring relationships, enabling people to remain living in their own homes and contributing significant economic benefit to public services. However, relatively little is known about the added social value generated by community-based short breaks. To address this evidence gap, we explored the feasibility of using a social return on investment (SROI) evaluation to explore a day support service in North Wales for people living with dementia and their unpaid carers. Following good practice for evaluating complex interventions, we developed a logic model based on the literature and interviews to understand the mechanisms and outcomes of the day support service. Using questionnaires, we quantified outcomes for the current service cohort, which included people living with dementia, unpaid carers, and paid companions. Seven people living with dementia, three unpaid carers, and four companions completed questionnaires. By following the SROI analysis approach, three key learning points were identified. The first was around ways to capture outcomes from all stakeholder subgroups expected to experience material change. The second concerned the importance of collecting longitudinal data. This included the need to consider how to adapt the SROI method to work with small populations. The third concerned how to value “maintenance” of wellbeing as well as improved wellbeing.