Official Statistics

Measures from the adult social care outcomes framework, final data, England: 2013 to 2014

A National User Experience Survey run on an annual basis, covering service users aged 18 and over receiving services funded wholly or in part by Social Services. Available at England, regional and council level.


Measures from the Adult Social Care Outcomes Framework, England 2013 to 2014


On 31 March 2011, “Transparency in outcomes: a framework for adult social care” announced the first Adult Social Care Outcomes Framework (ASCOF). The purpose of the ASCOF is three-fold:

  • Nationally, the ASCOF aims to give an indication of the strengths and weaknesses of social care in delivering better outcomes for people who use services.

  • Locally, one of the key intended uses of the ASCOF is to support councils to improve the services they provide. The framework attempts to support meaningful comparisons between councils, based on the outcomes they deliver for local people, and to help stimulate the sharing of learning and discussions on best practice.

  • It is intended that the ASCOF will foster greater transparency in the delivery of adult social care, supporting local people to hold their council to account for the quality of the services they provide.

The ASCOF encompasses four domains. These are:

  • Enhancing quality of life for people with care and support needs.

  • Delaying and reducing the need for care and support.

  • Ensuring people have a positive experience of care and support.

  • Safeguarding people whose circumstances make them vulnerable and protecting them from avoidable harm.

Published 9 December 2014