Supporting councils to check results of personal budgets

In Control has been successful in obtaining grant funding from the Department of Health and it is also leading a project for Think Local, Act Personal using POET - the Personal budgets outcomes and evaluation tool.

It is becoming increasingly important for councils to gather and use real time data about the results of personal budgets - outcomes, experience and process - in addition to information about numbers. POET, which has been developed by In Control and Lancaster University, has been referenced in the Vision for Adult Social Care and ADASS personal budgets survey as a good approach and was also referenced in the newly published White Paper.

In Control will be working with at least 30 local authorities over the next year to enable these authorities to effectively check the outcomes of personal budgets. Many of these councils will be In Control members and others will come from three regions working with In Control to support the practical delivery of Think Local, Act Personal (North-West, Yorkshire and Humber, London)

The POET tool is used to help localities develop and improve personal budget strategies with local citizens and to be used as part of the Making it Real self-assessment and action planning process.. POET enables local authorities to:

  • Review the impact that personal budgets are having on the lives of people and their families including exploring any differences across user groups
  • Explore how people are experiencing the process of self-directed support
  • Consider the factors and approaches more likely to lead to better outcomes and experiences
  • Benchmark with other authorities

Last year, the first National Personal Budget Survey utilising POET was published by Think Local, Act Personal which analysed the outcomes for 2,000 personal budget holders and carers. In January a further national report will be published showing the impact that personal budgets are really having on people's lives.

If you would like to find out more about POET, please email

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Last Updated : 11 July 2012. Page Author: Laura Bimpson.