Online demos in February

This February we are running a free webinar for organisations, managers and keyworkers who work with refugees and asylum seekers as well as our usual demo-webinars for Star Online.

A new Outcomes Star, the Integration Star is a tool that enables keyworkers, managers and organisations to evidence achievements.

Triangle, the social enterprise behind the Outcomes Star, in collaboration with the Refugee Council, will be presenting a free webinar to explore and showcase the benefits of the Integration Star and why it is a vital new tool to support organisations and keyworkers in their work with refugees.

The webinar will explore some of the key issues faced by the sector, including questions such as:

    • How can we ensure that our key-work is strengths based and trauma informed?
    • How can we evidence the difference we are making?
    • How do we know what is working?

 

This webinar is primarily aimed at managers and keyworkers who work with refugees. Triangle and the Refugee Council will explore the development and co-production of the Integration Star and demonstrate how the Star is a collaborative holistic tool to help refugees integrate into their new country and build a new life there. The webinar will also explore how the Star is enables you to evidence achievements both within your support service and with clients completing the Star.

 

The webinar will be hosted by Juliet Kemp, Implementation Lead at Triangle. It will be presented by Sara Burns, co-Founder of Triangle, together with Andrew Lawton, Head of Integration, and Amilee Collins, National Projects Worker at the Refugee Council. Sara Burns and Andrew Lawton will unpack the eight key areas on which successful integration depends, from employment and housing to education and health. Amilee Collins will highlight what practitioners within the Refugee Council have learned so far from using the Integration Star. These presentations will be followed by a question and answer session.

Tuesday, 9th February 2021, 10:00-11:00 GMT UK – Webinar

An introduction to the Integration Star

Better conversations and better outcomes for refugees

Free demo-webinar on How to use the Reports dashboard on Star Online.

Hosted by two Star experts, this workshop is ideal for Managers and anyone responsible for producing reports on Outcomes Star data. This webinar will be covering:

  • The three new report dashboards for implementation, snapshot and distance-travelled reporting
  • How to use the filters
  • How to think about engagements to create instant and engaging charts that can be downloaded to add to any report or funding bid.

We will also discuss what the reports can tell you about how Stars are being used in a service and the progress made by service users.

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Tuesday, 9th February 2021, 3pm GMT – Demo-webinar

How to Use Reporting Dashboards on Star Online

How to use Star Online (Practitioners Guide)

This webinar will be an orientation session to the new Star Online and during the webinar we will introduce practitioners to the new Star Online features, such as setting up engagements and managing notifications. It will also explore many of the main tasks practitioners need to complete, including:

  • Creating a service user
  • Adding Stars and Action Plans
  • Navigating the Help Centre and
  • Locating the Star resources you need.

Tuesday, 23rd February 2021, 10am GMT – Demo-webinar

A Practitioners Guide to the Star Online

These webinars are not a substitute for core training.

For more information on the webinars, how to book, or what clients need to do, please take a look at our previous posts, or wait for your invite email. Please note: We have limited spaces available, and we expect them to fill up quickly! We will be organising further webinars to meet demand.

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If you would like to be included in a mailing list for future webinars, demo’s or sessions, please sign up for our mailing list, and if you have suggestions or would like to request specific content and sessions on the Outcomes Star and the Star Online please email webinars@triangleconsulting.co.uk

If you have any questions about remote training, new Stars, or would like any information on the new Star Online, or anything else, please contact us on info@triangleconsulting.co.uk or +44 (0) 207 272 8765.

Integration Star proves a hit

After a successful pilot with the Refugee Council, the Integration Star for refugees is now available for widespread use, with an introductory webinar taking place this February. What’s more, the Star is a great fit with the Home Office’s integration framework, writes Triangle’s research analyst Dr Anna Good.

Designed for refugees needing to build lives in the UK, the long-awaited Integration Star was finally published at the end of 2020. It’s been in development for two years and has undergone a rigorous pilot with the Refugee Council and refugee community organisations that collaborated in the Star’s development. And it’s proven to be a powerfully transformative tool.

Not only has the Star gone down well with refugees and with workers, but it’s also been greeted positively by the Home Office – an important factor for refugee organisations reporting to the department or seeking Home Office funding.

From the outset, the Refugee Council wanted a tool that could map onto the Home Office’s “Indicators of Integration” framework. That was on Triangle’s agenda too – as part of the development process we carry out a detailed literature review that examines the issues affecting the sector. This time the review included each of the domains in the Home Office framework.

The Integration Star

Designed for use with refugees needing support to integrate into their new country and to build a new life there.

The Home Office framework mainly focuses on end outcomes of successful integration, such as work, housing, education and social connection. Within the Integration Star, these and other outcomes form the end point of Star domains. They are  typically realised at the top of the Journey of Change (the model of change that underlies every Star). But the Star also captures important changes in acknowledgement of issues, acceptance of help and attempts to change things. This makes for a nuanced tool that maps the stages refugees go through from getting practical help to building the knowledge, skills and confidence they need to integrate into their new country.

It was important, however, that the Home Office framework did not pre-determine the shape of the Star. That was developed from the bottom up in a series of workshops and expert interviews that teased out the issues for front-line workers and for refugees. As with all Outcomes Stars, what mattered was partnership and collaboration.

The drafting of a Star is a meticulous and lengthy process – if people knew how much detail went into it they would be amazed. The Integration Star had many, many iterations, examining the structure and the content through a number of different lenses.

As research analyst at Triangle, part of my role is to check that the scales have clearly defined stages so that readings are comparable when they are done by different people. I then crunch the numbers from the pilot and check the psychometric properties of the Star to see that it’s academically sound. In addition we put a lot of thought and testing into how the Star worked for different refugee circumstances – refugees who come in on a resettlement programme, and refugees who don’t have resettlement status and typically have been in the UK for longer.

It was encouraging – though by no means a given – that the final version of the Star mapped really well onto the Home Office framework. And Home Office officials have been very positive about the Star, seeing it as a much simpler, more accessible tool for refugees.

One worker from the pilot sums up the prevailing mood: “The Integration Star is a really powerful, clear tool that can visualise a client’s support needs. I think it provokes conversations that highlight support needs that may have otherwise been missed”.

A separate version of the Star, the Planning Star was published last year for unaccompanied asylum-seeking children.

The Integration Star and the Planning Star are available to all organisations with a Star licence and training is available for workers and managers. Join our Integration Star webinar on 9th February or contact us for more information on info@triangleconsulting.co.uk or +44 (0) 207 272 8765.

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Triangle Consulting Social Enterprise is an innovative, mission-led organisation that exists to help people reach their highest potential and live meaningful and fulfilling lives, often in the context of social disadvantage, trauma, disability or illness.

The Refugee Council works with individuals and families to make sure they can live safe, fulfilling lives in the UK after being forced to seek refuge from persecution and human rights abuses overseas.

The development of this Star was part funded by the EU Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund.

Other organisations taking part in the development of the Integration Star included: RETAS (Refugee Education Training Advice Service) Leeds, Leeds Refugee Forum, Path Yorkshire, Goodwin Development Trust, Humber Community Advice Services (H-CAS), Refugee Action Kingston, Iranian Association, Diversity Living Services, Bahar Women’s Association, Action for Community Development, West Yorkshire Somali Association, DAMASQ, Stepping Stone 4, Leeds Swahili Community.

We’re looking for a Implementation Lead (Client Advisor)

WE’RE HIRING!

Do you have practical experience in a service sector? Do you have experience in account management, consultancy or client based experience supporting organisations through change? Know how to make clear and engaging presentations, with excellent communication and interpersonal skills and experience, education and/or skills in delivering training? Do you like working from home and travelling as part of your role?

We are looking for a new Client Advisor aka Implementation Lead, to support Triangle and our clients by building relationships, delivering training and supporting our clients to use the Outcomes Star well.

Triangle is a values-based social enterprise with a vision of a society in which people are enabled to thrive. We help homelessness, health, and social care providers improve services by creating engaging visual tools and promoting collaborative ways of working. We help to enable people to achieve their highest potential, by providing a suite of tools for promoting and measuring personal change called Outcomes Stars.

The Star has proved very popular and is now widely used in the UK by charities, social enterprises and local and health authorities in a wide range of fields including mental health, homelessness, vulnerable families and substance misuse. It is also being used internationally, with a particularly strong presence in Australia.

Implementation Leads are expected to work from home and to travel throughout their region (London and Central/East England) as required. As our clients are located across the country, there is a requirement for our staff to travel to deliver training and meet face to face, once this is permitted again and safe in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic. All travel expenses are paid for and we have a policy around travel, TOIL and flexible working.

For more information about the position and to apply, you can download the job description and application form from our careers page

2020 – Not remotely what we expected

Early in 2020 we were putting the finishing touches to our strategic plan and new online app.  We were approaching the new year with confidence and a strong sense of direction.  We really knew what this year was about – we thought! Like everyone else, Triangle has not had the year we planned. So what have we learnt from the unprecedented changes and challenges?

The Outcomes Star supports remote working

When people can’t be in the same physical space and must connect online or by phone, the Outcomes Star can help build connection, rapport and understanding by providing a shared map of how things are now and where they might need to go.  The visual of the Star and the Journey of Change ladders have always been important in engaging people, but this benefit can be even greater when other ways of connecting are stripped away. 

There are of course complications.  More advanced planning is required because the materials need to be posted beforehand if the person receiving support can’t access the Internet.  But overall Star users tell us it is well worth it.

When needs must, creativity flourishes

They do say that necessity is the mother of invention and that has certainly been the case for us when it comes to delivering training to use the Star.  Although we had been considering alternative delivery methods for some time, the first lockdown focused our minds. Within weeks we had a remote training offer and what was even better, was the excellent feedback we received. 

Now we are looking at creating more digital training content and ways of bringing Star users together both remotely and in person when Covid allows.  This will enable us to provide more support – particularly to smaller organisations and to managers who are really crucial to successful implementation of the Star.

The Star is intrinsically trauma-informed

As trauma-informed working has risen up the agenda in many sectors we have been exploring how the Outcomes Star can support a trauma-informed approach.  What we have learnt is that part of what draws people to the Star is that it is intrinsically trauma-informed.  By focusing on the present rather than someone’s past, and their strengths as well as their challenges, the Star avoids the re-traumatising impact of going over previous experiences. 

The visual aspects help people get perspective and make links between different parts of their life, even when they are close to the edge of their ‘window of tolerance’.  And the Journey of Change recognises the importance of building trusting relationships with helpers as a secure foundation on which everything else depends.  We are exploring how to further support trauma-informed working so do get in touch if this is an area of interest and have a look at our briefing.

The evidence-base for Star validity is growing

Some things, such as our research programme, have continued more or less as planned.  We were delighted to have a piece on the psychometric validity of the Family Star Plus published in the peer reviewed Journal Family Relations. We also added many new pieces of independent research on other versions of the Outcomes Star to our online library where you can now find details of 55 independent studies.  Much more is planned with a new piece on the psychometric validity of the Outcomes Star for homelessness in the pipeline.

Evaluation is becoming better integrated into service delivery

We have all learnt to be more responsive because of Covid and that is very good news when it comes to learning and evaluation.  Evaluators are reporting that people are becoming more interested in data day to day rather than seeing evaluation as something that happens after the work has been completed.  We see this as a good thing as it supports learning rather than an end of project report that sits on the shelf. 

We are starting to make the case that we need a new breed of tool that works well as part of on-going service delivery and provides ‘live’ management information on progress.  This contrasts with research tools that are designed for one-off studies.  We see the Star as one of the first of this new breed and would like to join with others in exploring how this kind of tool is best assessed and validated.  Please get in touch if this is something you are interested in too.

Counting the cost

Now at the beginning of 2021 we, like everyone else, are aware that we have only just seen the tip of the iceberg when it comes to counting the cost of Covid.  We are exploring how we can continue to adapt to help the helpers respond to the rising needs.  One part of that could be looking at what Star data can show about the impact of the pandemic on service users across different services and sectors.   Is this and exploration that you would be interested to join?

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Triangle is the social enterprise behind the Outcomes Star™. Triangle exists to help service providers transform lives by creating engaging tools and promoting enabling approaches. To talk to Joy MacKeith or another member of the Triangle team, or for any other information, please email info@triangleconsulting.co.uk.

Equality in Evaluation

It is an exciting time to be part of the world of measurement and evaluation. Having attended three conferences this autumn, it is clear that those with a critique of the traditional ways of doing things are finding a voice, and being given a platform. In the wake of Black Lives Matter everyone seems more open to looking deeper into the implicit assumptions that we make about each other, and along with that, into the power dynamics of measurement and evaluation. 

NPC ignites was one of these events and it was the session “Rebalancing data for the 21st century” that really captured my attention. Jara Dean Coffey, Director of the Equitable Evaluation Initiative presented a five-year plan she is leading to change the way funders in the United States think about evaluation. Bonnie Chui of The Social Investment Consultancy is leading an initiative bringing together people of colour working in evaluation. Here were some of their key messages:

Co-create knowledge rather than extract data

Traditional approaches to the evaluation involve experts collecting data and taking it away to analyse and draw conclusions. The subjects of the evaluation are passive in the process. Bonnie described this as like using research as tool of ‘command and control’. Jara argued, like several others I have heard this year, that we learn more when knowledge is co-created – researcher and subject bringing together their very different expertise to build a more complete and informed picture. This is one way to challenge the power relationships in evaluation and promote greater equity. The Outcomes Star’s collaborative approach to measurement brings these ideas alive in day-to-day service delivery. 

What is the Outcomes Star

The Star is underpinned by three values – empowerment, collaboration and integration

Get comfortable with complexity

“We need to let go of causality and be OK with contribution”

Star Data

The Star collects an innovative and holistic dataset

Jara made the case that although funders who commission evaluations want certainty and yes/no answers, the complex reality of service provision can’t be reduced to a few numbers.  Funders and evaluators need to embrace the complexity that comes from working in open systems where it isn’t possible to control all the variables and come up with answers that are always true no matter what the context. Bonnie also made the point that top down funder-driven monitoring and evaluation frameworks can perpetuate power imbalances. It is difficult for funded organisations to raise these issues because of their dependence on the funders so it is important that evaluators use their influence. This very much echoes points we have been raising at Triangle for some time. Data is helpful but must be interpreted in context. The numbers help to focus our questions rather than providing definitive yes/no answers. 

De-colonise evidence

Bonnie Chui argued that we need to ‘decolonise’ evidence and ensure that people of colour are both reached by research and represented in the research and evaluation community.   Jara is promoting multi-cultural validity alongside statistical validity, a point which chimes with issues Triangle has raised about moving beyond traditional formulations of what is a ‘good’ tool (keep an eye on our homepage for a blog on this coming out soon).

Both presenters made the case that evaluation is a human process. Those doing the evaluation have to do their own personal work to understand their own implicit biases as well as those that are hardwired into the context in which they are working. The biases identified were racial ones as well as foundational ideas such as the preference for doing over being and our belief in scarcity rather than abundance.

I found it very inspiring to hear an analysis connecting up racism, core orientations towards life and the way services are valued and measured. I can’t do it all justice here, so I recommend that you take a look at the recording of the session.

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Triangle is the social enterprise behind the Outcomes Star™. Triangle exists to help service providers transform lives by creating engaging tools and promoting enabling approaches. To talk to Joy MacKeith or another member of the Triangle team, or for any other information, please email info@triangleconsulting.co.uk.

The Refugee Council reaches for the Star

A major new tool to help refugees settle successfully in the UK is to be made available from this week – the Integration Star.

Created by Triangle, the social enterprise behind the Outcomes Star, in collaboration with the Refugee Council and others, the Integration Star focuses on eight key areas on which successful integration depends.

Triangle director Sara Burns said: “The Integration Star primarily focuses on the means and markers of successful integration, from employment and housing to education and health. It highlights refugees’ strengths, recognises the areas they need more information or support, and records their progress. Most importantly it makes them the centre of their own integration process.”

In a 7-8-month pilot of the new Star, caseworkers from a variety of organisations found that it opened up conversations with refugees on important subjects and gave workers a way in to providing crucial support.

“It really encouraged the client to have more autonomy in the conversation – it brought them to the centre of the discussion”

Case Worker

“The Star provoked conversations we wouldn’t normally have – like social isolation issues”

Case Worker
Man, woman and child walking down the road

Getting to the heart of these issues means refugees can integrate faster and more successfully,.which will help them to rebuild their lives in their new home.

The Refugee Council approached Triangle in 2018 to develop a new version of the Outcomes Star that would support the refugees they work with. They and several community refugee organisations worked closely with Triangle throughout the process, making sure that former refugees were involved all the way along.

Refugee Council Logo

“This is such an important piece of work that feeds into the national strategy for integrating refugees. The Integration Star has already proved itself in a really rigorous pilot – now it can help in supporting refugees throughout the UK to build new lives.”

Sara Burns

"The Star gives organisations that work with refugees an extremely useful tool that can help to shape the support they offer as well as measure progress and impact. Successful refugee integration means that people are enabled to rebuild their lives and become active members of their new communities”

Refugee Council's Head of Integration Andrew Lawton

The Integration Star was published in September 2020 after 18 months of development and launched in October 2020 via the Star Online – the online home of the Outcomes Star.

In addition to the materials created to use the Integration Star, Triangle is producing a range of resources to support its launch, including a webinar to share more information on the development process and pilot.

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Triangle Consulting Social Enterprise is an innovative, mission-led organisation that exists to help people reach their highest potential and live meaningful and fulfilling lives, often in the context of social disadvantage, trauma, disability or illness.

The Refugee Council works with individuals and families to make sure they can live safe, fulfilling lives in the UK after being forced to seek refuge from persecution and human rights abuses overseas.

The development of this star was part funded by the EU Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund.

Other organisations taking part in the development of the Integration Star included: RETAS (Refugee Education Training Advice Service) Leeds, Leeds Refugee Forum, Path Yorkshire, Goodwin Development Trust, Humber Community Advice Services (H-CAS), Refugee Action Kingston, Iranian Association, Diversity Living Services, Bahar Women’s Association, Action for Community Development, West Yorkshire Somali Association, DAMASQ, Stepping Stone 4, Leeds Swahili Community.

To participate in the Triangle webinar on the development and application of the Integration Star, organisations should contact info@triangleconsulting.co.uk to register their interest.

Triangle developed and published a separate Star for unaccompanied asylum-seeking children in 2019 – the Planning Star.

Please contact info@triangleconsulting.co.uk in the first instance to discuss the Integration Star, Planning Star or other aspects of Triangle’s work.

We’re looking for a new Finance & HR Administrator

WE’RE HIRING!

Do you have excellent organisation skills, consistency and an eye for detail? Can you learn quickly, be adaptable, flexible and be able to work in the ever-changing context of a growing organisation?

We are looking for a new Finance and HR Administrator, with a minimum of 2 years experience and who has AAT Level 2 qualification or similar, to provide a solid backbone to the organisation for all our financial and personnel aspects. As a key member of the team, you will work closely with our Directors, the Business Manager and other key staff, joining a friendly and dynamic team at the cutting-edge of thinking and practice in supporting and measuring service user change.

Triangle is the social enterprise behind the Outcomes Star. We are committed to supporting staff to reach their highest potential and there may be opportunities for personal development.

Initially this position will be based at home while Covid-related restrictions are in place. Thereafter, you will work from our Hove office and might be required to attend occasional meetings in London.

For more information about the position and to apply, you can download the job description and application form from our careers page

A Society in which everyone is able to thrive

Triangle Director Joy MacKeith reflects on the Social Value Matters 2020 international conference which took place last week and how it helped locate Triangle’s work in a wider movement for a fairer world.

The Social Value Matters 2020 conference was a truly immersive event.  The organisers took the opportunity of moving the event online to create a 24-hour programme so there was something for everyone, in every time zone, at every possible hour of the day.  

The result was a somewhat overwhelming amount of content but also a tremendous sense of being part of an international community looking for ways to measure things that really matter from environmental impact to worker’s rights to social inclusion.  And importantly looking for ways to make sure these things are not only valued but drive decision-making as well.

What was most interesting and encouraging for me was hearing the way that diverse agendas seem to be converging. 

Philanthropic organisations are more interested in systems change – understanding the underlying dynamics which keep the problems they are trying to address in place.  Corporations are going beyond the traditional domain of corporate social responsibility to engage with wider issues such as inequality. 

Governments are providing incentives to business owners to transfer ownership to their employees. Third sector organisations are using the language and practices of the market to express their achievements in terms that are engaging to governments and investors.  It seems that it is becoming easier, at least for some, to talk across sectoral boundaries. 

The wider vision that underpinned many of the contributions was the idea that if companies can be required to report on their environmental and social impact and demonstrate ethical governance (the ‘ESG’ agenda) then capitalism can start to serve the many and not just the few.

It seems that a growing number of investors want this and that many of the challenges are now technical – finding common metrics and benchmarks to allow comparability.  Jeremy Nicolls, one of the founders of Social Value International, urged everyone to be pragmatic and make it happen rather than spend time in pursuit of an impossible perfection.  There was a real sense of the possibility of change, and of the urgency too.

It all seemed a far cry from our Triangle world of supporting better conversations, enabling personal change and giving managers tools for service learning and development.  However, it was good to put our mission of helping service providers transform lives into a wider global context.  Triangle’s vision is a society in which everyone is able to thrive.  Every contributor at the event was, in one way or another, addressing that cause.  I hope that we can all find our place in the bigger picture so that we can play as full a part as possible in achieving this vision.

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Triangle is the social enterprise behind the Outcomes Star™. Triangle exists to help service providers transform lives by creating engaging tools and promoting enabling approaches. Through the Outcomes Star, they work with services to promote and measure individual change and to enable learning at an individual, service, organisation and sector-wide levels. The Outcomes Star™ is an evidence-based management tool for both supporting and measuring change. For more information email info@triangleconsulting.co.uk.

September newsletter round up

Our September 2020 newsletter round-up includes news on the new and improved Star Online system, as well as new and upcoming Outcomes Stars. We also share some of our new resources, case studies and blog posts, including Tyrone’s inspirational story, from service user to practitioner.

Other updates include

  • We have recently published the Little Star, a new Star for use within the Children and Families and Health sectors. This Star was developed in collaboration with the Dame Vera Lynn Children’s Charity (DVLCC) and is designed for completion by Conductors or other therapists but can also support discussion with the children’s families. The Star is intended for use by organisations  such as DVLCC who support young children with motor impairments, for example from cerebral palsy, using Conductive Education and other therapies
  • Another new Star is the Change Star. A new Outcomes Star for behaviour change in men. The Change Star is suitable for  use within the Children, Families and the Domestic Abuse sectors.
  • Coming soon: Triangle is currently finalising a new Outcomes Star for use with refugees, the Integration Star, which has been developed in collaboration with the Refugee Council and a number of Community Refugee Organisations. The Integration Star complements the Planning Star which is designed for use with unaccompanied asylum-seeking children.

Read the full newsletter here.

Contact Triangle at info@triangleconsulting.co.uk or +44(0) 20 7272 8765 for more information on our Outcomes Stars, the new Star Online and our licence and training options. Sign up for our newsletter here.

Triangle measures what matters at GO Lab’s Social Outcomes conference

Triangle’s Co-founder and Director contributes to GO Lab’s Social Outcomes conference programme to share learning from using the Well-being Star in a large social prescribing  programme and how vital it is that measurement approaches are designed with relationship building and behaviour change in mind.

Hosted by The Government Outcomes (GO) Lab, the Social Outcomes conference brings together researchers, policymakers and practitioners working to improve social outcomes. Joy MacKeith, Triangle’s Co-founder and Director features at this year’s virtual event; she will share learning from 20 years of measuring individual outcomes to contribute to a debate about how commissioning approaches and Social Impact Bonds in particular can help or hinder the achievement of social outcomes.

Joy Said:

“When people design a Social Impact Bond or any other commissioning approach, they need to be mindful of how it will impact at the front line because that is where the real change happens. Research tells us that the quality of the engagement between workers and service users is absolutely critical to behaviour change but sometimes payment mechanisms can unintentionally impact in a negative way."

"The Outcomes Star has been designed to provide service-wide outcomes data whilst at the same time supporting that collaboration and helping people take the small steps that together add up to achieving their goals.“

Joy Mackieth

Joy is joined by Tara Case, Chief Executive of Ways to Wellness ­– a large-scale social prescribing service and the first health service in the UK (and globally) with social impact funding. Ways to Wellness, with Bridges Fund Management as investors and Newcastle Gateshead CCG as commissioners, has been using the Well-being Star since 2015 as part of the support their service provides and to capture client-reported wellbeing improvements; the Star was specified in the outcomes-based funding contract for the programme.

Tara said:

“We have found that the Well-being Star helps to open up conversations that might have been hard to broach without it.  It helps our Link Workers take a holistic approach and make links between different aspects of someone’s situation. It helps services to tailor what they do to support the person whilst also providing a standardised framework for reporting results.”

The Well-being Star was created for people living with a long-term health condition, to measure their progress in living as well as they can, and support self-management, rehabilitation and person-centred approaches. Triangle recently conducted further validation work on the Well-being Star within the Ways to Wellness service and shared their findings.

GO Lab’s Social Outcomes Conference runs 1st-4th September. Triangle is contributing to “Back to the Future? Learning from the UK”s experience with impact bonds: what should we take with us and what should we leave behind?” which takes place 15.30–17:00 (UK BST) on Tuesday, 1st September. You can register to attend free of charge via Eventbrite.

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Triangle is the social enterprise behind the Outcomes Star™. Triangle exists to help service providers transform lives by creating engaging tools and promoting enabling approaches. Through the Outcomes Star, they work with services to promote and measure individual change and to enable learning at an individual, service, organisation and sector-wide levels. The Outcomes Star™ is an evidence-based management tool for both supporting and measuring change. For more information email info@triangleconsulting.co.uk.

Ways to Wellness is a service for people in the west of Newcastle whose daily lives are affected by certain long-term health conditions. GPs and their primary care teams use social prescribing to refer patients to the service. Ways to Wellness adds to and complements the medical support that people receive, to help them feel more confident to manage their long-term conditions and make positive lifestyle choices. For more information email info@waystowellness.org.uk.

The Well-being Star and The Family Star Plus are available to all organisations with a Star licence, and full training can be given for workers and managers. For more information on the Outcomes Star, please contact us on info@triangleconsulting.co.uk or +44 (0) 207 272 8765.