Independent report

Drug systems change pilot programme evaluation report

The independent final evaluation report on the Drug Systems Change pilot programme funded jointly by the Department of Health and the Home Office


Drug system change pilots evaluation final report

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The programme, ran from 2009-2011. The aim was to test whether local drug and alcohol treatment partnerships could tailor services better, in response to local needs, if they were allowed more flexibility in how they used the range of funding streams available to them and were not constrained by central targets.

The 7 pilot sites investigated how they could redesign the commissioning and delivery of drug treatment and related social provision, both in prison and in community settings, adopting more user-led, outcome-focused approaches, and so improving the outcomes achieved by their service users.

A collaboration led by NatCen (National Centre for Social Research) was commissioned to evaluate the pilots.

The evaluation report highlights:

  • the challenges of system redesign
  • the importance of partnership working in affecting change
  • lessons in enhancing continuity of care
  • implementing single points of assessment and personalised treatment budgets
Published 12 October 2012