Realising Ambition Programme Insights: Issue 5

Published: October 2016 Publication Type: Publication

Turning the Lens: How organisational strength supports replication

The Realising Ambition consortium, of which The Young Foundation is a part, are producing a series of 12 Programme Insights rather than writing a long evaluation report at the end of the five-year programme.

Realising Ambition is delighted to announce the launch of its fifth Programme Insight, one of a series of short briefings sharing key learning from the programme.

This briefing builds on previous Insights which explore topics ranging from the value of replication to the role of data in service refinement and adaptation.

In the fifth of our Programme Insights, we focus on organisational readiness to replicate alongside flexibility to adapt to the demands of delivering interventions. We outline what characteristics an organisation needs to be able to replicate, how their ability can be assessed and how areas for development can be identified. The briefing also covers the replication models that Realising Ambition organisations have used to deliver their services and then explores universal issues that organisations can face in every replication irrespective of the replication model.

Key learning points include:

  • Successful replication requires the right people working within an organisational framework to consciously and actively develop, improve and deliver the intervention/s.
  • Maintaining high levels of programme fidelity whilst making adaptations to local contexts requires strong leadership.
  • Strong governance structures support leaders to improve their services.
  • Well developed organisational processes for information and knowledge management improve services.

About Realising Ambition and our Programme Insights series

Realising Ambition is a £25m Big Lottery Fund programme supporting 22 organisations across the UK to replicate services aimed at preventing youth offending. Our Insights are designed to support anyone undertaking or commissioning services with a focus on replication and evidence.

Join the conversation

Do you agree with the need to take a broader, more nuanced view of evidence? Share your views. Tweet us using #RealisingAmbition or email us to share your thoughts. @BigLotteryFund would also like you to tweet your thoughts on the programme, diverting young people from pathways into offending and funding socially responsible services.

For further information please visit our Realising Ambition project page.

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