How to use this exemplar to improve practice
By considering some of the exemplar surveys attached and the data generated, you may wish to may consider how this can support your own context.
- To what extent do we involve families in evaluating the impact of programmes taking account of the developmental stages of children?
- How is our family learning supporting families’ progress in relation to the GIRFEC wellbeing indicators? How do we know?
- What strategies do we use to communicate, plan, monitor and evaluate our work with partners?
- What evidence do we have of the added value partnership working brings and what different it makes to our children?
What was done?
Short questionnaires and surveys were developed within the Athena app with staff which provide both feedback and impact statements. Parents were provided with a unique username and password and supported to access the survey using their own mobile technology or technology provided by school. Surveys take no longer than 3 - 4 minutes to complete and provide staff with instant results. The app has been used to gather feedback and measure impact within the following areas:
- Nurturing Nature
- Eat Well Play Well
- Bedtime Stories
- PEEP Groups
- Makaton Parent’s Group
- Literacy Launch
- Promoting Positive Behaviour
Research and evidence from National Health Service, Growing Up in Scotland and Dartington data and assessment, Standardised Assessments all confirm that outcomes for children are improved when we help parents and families to support their children’s learning.
What was the impact?
Using the Athena App the Early Years and Childcare establishment found that more parents were motivated to access surveys and provide feedback when using mobile technologies than paper based copies.
Instant feedback and the technology within the app enables staff to run reports and analyse the data provided. This in turn supports staff to measure impact and plan for next steps.