These resources have been produced to help practitioners and parent carers to have a shared understanding of outcomes, outputs, and impact.
Outcomes Explainers for professionals and parent carers
The Children and Families Act 2014 recognises that an explicit focus on outcomes is needed to ensure that disabled children and young people and those with SEN live happy, healthy, fulfilling lives. However, there is still some confusion around the use of the word outcome by both professionals and parent carers. These resources aim to highlight the importance of outcomes and how well written outcomes can impact the lives of disabled children and young people and those with SEN positively.
There are two different explainers included on this page. One is aimed at professionals who need clarification on the differences between outcomes, outputs and impact at the strategic level. The other document is aimed specifically at parent carers who might be confused about the word "outcome" as it can be used in different ways and this resource is to help them understand what we mean when we talk about outcomes, and what good ones look like.
The outcomes explainer for professionals will help them to understand the strategic level perspective and covers differences between:
- Outcomes, outputs and impacts
- Strategic, operational and individual outcomes
- Explains the relationship between them through real-life examples.
For parent carers
The outcomes explainer for parent carers highlights the importance of outcomes while defining them using case studies. In addition, the explainer discusses transition from aspirations to outcomes and how professionals (should) use holistic approaches to achieve the outcomes.