Using goals-based measures to gather qualitative data on outcomes

Increasing numbers of local authorities have identified indicators which align with their strategic outcomes, many of which make use of existing data sets. However, CDC’s work with these local authorities has highlighted a significant gap around qualitative data (i.e. the lived experiences of children, young people and families) which can both triangulate and add nuance to ‘hard’ data. Collecting this qualitative data is not easy, however a small number of local areas are adopting a Goals-Based Measures approach which creates a direct link between an individual child or young person’s experiences and the strategic outcomes framework.

This document highlights the works undertaken by Stockport, Camden and Bradford on their approach to gather qualitative data using goal-based measures and includes simple questionnaire template which uses the same strategic outcomes statements as found in 0-25 SEND Data Dashboard.

For any questions or comments about this work, please contact us at cdc@ncb.org.uk.