Evaluations Into Peer Advice
Interim Evaluation Into Peer Circles
Date: 2018 (midpoint of project)
Evaluated by: JH Consulting
- Group and individual discussions with participants: 10 Peer Advisors and 15 clients across SGT (project lead) and Evolve (project partner)
- Individual discussions with 8 SGT and Evolve project staff and managers, Peer Circles Project – Interim Evaluation Report, October 2018 2
- Individual discussions with key personnel from 11 external organisations including: subcontractors, referral partners, specialist providers working with Peer Circles and the Crisis led BBO London project
- Review of all paper/electronic project monitoring and internal review data and information.
Project outline: The Peer Circles project is a three year programme funded through Big Lottery/European Social Fund (ESF) Building Better Opportunities (BBO), running from January 2017 to December 2019. The Peer Circles project is intended to provide tailored and bespoke support to help people who experience severe and multiple disadvantage (SMD) to improve their employability and, where possible, move into sustainable employment. To deliver successful outcomes for participants, key project features were planned, including bespoke casework support delivered by experienced and skilled staff on an outreach basis across central and south London boroughs, peer to peer support and partnerships with a range of organisations.
- At the end of September 2018, 451 participants have been engaged and have received very valuable and bespoke support to help them tackle a wide range of issues including housing, finance/debt, mental health, addiction and barriers to training and employment.
- 51 participants have moved into education, training, employment or further job search.
- The project is achieving against the indicators of change including building people’s confidence and self-esteem, reducing isolation and helping to improve access to vital services for housing, mental health and addiction. 183 instances of increased levels of self-esteem and 157 instances of improved housing.
- 37 participants have completed the Learning to Advise element of the programme, with 5 achieving the full qualification