More than 50 councils, including adults and children's services,
and clinical commissioning groups across England (CCGs) have signed
up to measure the impact personal budgets are having on people's
They will be using POET, the personal budgets outcomes
evaluation tool which has been developed over a number of years
with Lancaster University. POET was originally developed for adult
social care but it has recently been adapted so that children's
services and CCGs can also benefit from the tool.
Due to funding from the Department of Health, NHS England and the
Department for Education, we have been able to offer a limited
number of organisations use of POET for free.
While more than 50 organisations are already signed up, numbers
are expected to increase throughout the year. Results from POET
will be published in Spring 2014 in the Third National Personal
Budget Survey. It is expected to be the largest survey of its kind
to date. Last year, the Second National Personal Budget Survey
included 22 councils and the experiences of more than 3,000
personal budget holders and carers.
On a local level, POET is used by councils and CCGs to;
- capture the outcomes and experiences of a sample of local
personal budgets users and family carers;
- identify through analysis and benchmarking, those areas of
local strength and those requiring improvement action;
- form the basis of a local action planning session with
stakeholders, in the context of other intelligence and
Looking at the data from POET so far it is clear that there are
very strong links between people's experience of the self-directed
support process and the outcomes they achieve in their life. We
have been able to identify critical process conditions that are
robustly associated with better outcomes.
For example, family carers who said their views had been taken
into account in the planning were four times more likely to report
personal budgets helped them remain well and carry on caring.
People with learning disabilities who reported that it was easy to
get the information and advice they needed were more than twice as
likely to report that personal budgets helped them to take part in
work or volunteering. Older people who said the council had made it
easy for them to control how the budget was spent were three times
more likely to report the personal budget helped them remain
For more information about POET, please use the links below or
contact us via our online enquiry form.