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Get involved in new PbR interactive tool: Send in examples of PbR evaluations and research, particularly any "grey" material not publicly available; Express an interest in attending one of the consultation workshops or in piloting the tool.

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Payment by results interactive tool

I’m just about to start a new project to develop an interactive tool to assist commissioners and providers to decide whether payment by results might be an effective approach to commissioning a particular service.

The project is funded by the Oak Foundation, an international charitable trust, whose mission is to address issues of global social and environmental concern, particularly those that have a major impact on the lives of the disadvantaged.

The project is hosted by Clinks, which supports voluntary organisations that work with offenders and their families.

My work will be informed by a small Advisory Board comprising individuals with extensive experience of payment by results from research, commissioner and provider perspectives.

The project has three main stages:

stages for PbR interactive

Literature Review

The literature review will analyse research studies into a very wide range of programmes funded by a payment by results/outcomes approach. The review will focus on programmes in the social care sector – including criminal justice, health, homelessness, substance misuse, troubled families, worklessness – and prioritise provision in the UK. However, studies of particular interest from other countries or other sectors will also be included.

The objective of the literature review will be to examine whether PbR can work and, if so, what are the critical success (and failure!) factors of an effective PbR approach.

The literature review itself and a full bibliography will be available on this site for anyone to use.

Consultation workshops

The key findings from the literature review will be shared in a number of workshops with commissioners, providers and service users will be asked for their input into the design and content of an interactive tool which would help stakeholders explore whether a PbR approach might be appropriate for a particular project.

Development of the tool

Tim Bennett of Texelate will be leading the development of the tool, based on the ideas and input from the workshops. However, it is envisaged that, whatever the form of the tool, it will provide users with bite -sized digests of learning around specific PbR issues from the literature review.

The tool will then be piloted and revised in the light of real-world trials before a formal launch in autumn 2016.

Tim has already done a logo for the project:


Getting involved

If you would like to get involved in the project, there’s lots of ways of doing so:

  1. Send in examples of PbR evaluations and research, particularly any “grey” material not publicly available.
  2. Express an interest in attending one of the consultation workshops
  3. Express an interest in piloting the tool

You can do any of these things simply by: Emailing me.

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5 responses

  1. And what about the poor sods who become the lucky recipients of the PbR programmes??? Are they going to be consulted at all in the process of developing this tool and if not why not?

  2. Hi Alison

    Thanks for your comment. As you can see from the post, service users will be involved in the workshops. The research shows that when PbR is done properly, it encourages a focus on service users and individually tailored programmes as this is the best way to achieve outcomes.

    Best Wishes

    1. I think it unfortunate that you are asking for people to get involved in shaping this but your comment suggests your mind is already made up.

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