As part of the Collective Impact Bond Steering Group process, WLZ worked with key stakeholders in the area to analyse some of the challenges that children and young people growing up here face. The goal was to understand where to focus efforts, and what outcomes we should be aiming to achieve over the long-term. Many areas were identified at each age stage.
WLZ took these and distilled them down into an ‘outcomes framework’, which intends to show the progress a young person is making towards flourishing in all areas of their life. This is a radical new approach. Many collective impact projects in the US, social impact bonds in the UK, and public authorities, have focused either on a single outcome, or a narrow range – for example academic attainment, basic health, or avoidance of negatives e.g. care or reoffending. WLZ has attempted to find a way to reliably track the ‘whole child’.
The WLZ whole child outcomes framework is designed to enable all those working with a young person to understand and track their progress towards flourishing on an ongoing basis.
The framework covers a total of eight ‘outcome areas’ across the three domains of wellbeing, learning and character. All eight are measured and monitored for school-age children, but a lower number are measured and monitored in very young children and young adults as they are not all relevant. Each of the ‘outcome areas’ has one or two measures which enable the monitoring to take place.
Initially, only three measures will be used to trigger payments, as explained here.
Data on each of these metrics will be collected annually through the WLZ Data Collection Survey (which is also used for child identification as described here), as well as through secondary data already collected by schools and, where appropriate, other statutory sources. Some will be collected more regularly through delivery organisations. The data collection and monitoring process is described in the next section.