POET - the next phase

After the successful launch of the second National Personal Budget Survey in May, we are now working towards developing the next iteration of the tool and expanding its use across adult social care, health and children's services.

POET has been developed over a number of years by In Control and the Centre for Disability Research at Lancaster University.  Its aim is to provide a national benchmark on the impact that personal budgets are having on people's lives.

The next iteration of POET will see one tool across adult social services and health for people receiving budgets and their carers, as well as council and NHS staff.  Furthermore we are also working on developing POET for children's services. If you would like to contribute to this development work, please get in touch with us at

For those councils that have already used POET we will be working on supporting them to analyse the results and to develop local improvement plans in partnership with their communities.

From September we will be working with a number of councils that will be using POET for the first time and contributing to the third National Personal Budget Survey that will be published later in 2014.

We will also be looking forward to outlining the findings from POET at a Department of Health National Personal Budget Summit on 11th Septmber. The summit will be chaired by Norman Lamb, Minister of State for Care and Support.

Writing in the second National Personal Budget Survey foreword, Norman Lamb  said: "I commend In Control and Lancaster University for the development of the Personal Budgets Outcomes Evaluation Tool (POET), Think Local Act Personal (TLAP) for commissioning the National Personal Budgets Survey using the tool and the 22 councils that have taken part in this year's survey. I would strongly encourage other councils to undertake and use similar local exercises to work with local user and carer organisations and build the intelligence needed to achieve local improvements. Such intelligence can be built into local business planning and used to powerfully inform Local Accounts as part of the use of the TLAP Making it Real markers of personalisation progress."

You can find out more about POET by visiting the following pages:

Launch of second National Personal Budget Survey

What the results really mean

We must end bureaucracy around personal budgets

Checking the results of personal budgets using POET

If you would like to find out how you can use POET in your organisation, please email us at

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Last Updated : 26 July 2013. Page Author: Laura Bimpson.