In 2015 M·E·L Research was commissioned by Leicestershire County Council’s Public Health Team to carry out a one year evaluation of a Local Area Coordination (LAC) Pilot, being delivered in 10 local areas within four Districts, by a team of eight Coordinators. The main evaluation aims were to evaluate delivery, effectiveness and impact of LAC to inform future development and potential roll-out.
LAC is a non-traditional, community-based intervention shaped around Assets Based Community Development approaches, which works with vulnerable beneficiaries who often have a range of complex challenges, to help them achieve their vision of ‘a good life’. LAC’s aim is to increase individual and community capacity and reduce demand for costly primary, acute, and other public services. LAC is designed to have an impact on: Individuals, Community, and Health and Care Integration.
Our evaluation was mixed-method comprising the following elements:
We provided four updates on our evaluation findings over time (moving from formative to summative) in order to iteratively feed into LAC’s continuous development. We synthesised and triangulated the evaluation evidence around the Evaluation Framework and our final report included our recommendations to inform the developing business case for potential roll-out of LAC.