My Future: Rapid Cycle Design & Testing
Rapid cycle design and testing
Using rapid cycle design and testing we have partnered with Chance UK to improve the design, implementation and continuous monitoring of the My Future project: a 9-month child mentoring service delivered to 50 children in Camden and Southwark. My Future started in October 2018 and will conclude in June 2020.
Research evidence shows that mentoring relationships can positively affect children’s social and emotional behaviours. However, this evidence also reveals great variation in impact. For organisations like Chance UK, whose aim to use mentoring to improve children’s behavioural and emotional difficulties, there remains a chasm between what interventions are known to work in theory and what services actually work well in practice.
Our ambition is to bridge this gap by developing practice-based evidence through a fast, iterative approach. We work closely with Chance UK’s staff and mentors to understand the explicit behavioural needs of the children the service targets, rapidly develop new activities and adapt existing ones that can address these needs within the children’s individual environments, and continuously collect a range of quantitative and qualitative data about whether and how activities are being implemented and their intermediate and long-term effects.
Work to date
Guiding Theory of Change created
Logic model and evaluation framework developed to inform project delivery and evaluation
New programme manual created with new and refined mentoring activities and more continuous assessments
Training in new curriculum offered to mentors
Redesign of data collection and reporting systems
Implementation of new mentoring activities and continuous mixed methods data collection