This report by the National Development Team for Inclusion (NDTi) describes the evaluation of the 21 Short Break Pathfinder sites. It was undertaken in late 2009 and early 2010 with the purpose of understanding more about how the Pathfinder sites had gone about commissioning and providing different packages of short breaks.
The report aims to inform local authority and PCT practice in the future; the development of short break policy and direction of the AHDC short break programme; and future government spending proposals.
The evaluation was conducted in two phases using an approach based upon ‘Realistic Evaluation’. Rather than just report on what had happened, this methodology seeks to understand how things have or have not worked, in what situations, with the particular groups of people and why those outcomes were achieved.