Input and analysis

It is key to WLZ’s Theory of Change that an individual child or young person’s progress is monitored on an ongoing basis, and all parties involved in the collective are able to access this monitoring and adapt their practice in the light of it. The principle is that by providing objective, factual information on how a child or young person is doing, a consensus on the action required will be easier to reach.

To enable this monitoring to occur, WLZ will continue to collect data at regular time points after the initial large-scale data collection that occurs on child identification. This data is described in the table below.


To enable this data to be meaningful, WLZ has worked with Dartington Social Research Unit to develop a data system that enables data to be collected from all four sources, merged into a single database,  and presented visually in the form of ‘dashboards’, as described in the data flow diagram below.




There will be dashboards for each individual child, and dashboards for each delivery partner.

Each child-level dashboard shows the details of an individual child, the child’s current level on each of the outcomes in the WLZ whole child outcomes framework, how that outcome has changed year-on-year, and that child’s current attendance at any social sector support being provided to them under the WLZ partnership. Drilling down will enable users of the dashboards to gain more detail on particular aspects.

Each partner-level dashboard shows key performance management metrics for a social sector partner delivering support as part of the WLZ collective.