Improving access to social care for adults with autism

Measuring achievements

Our approach to evaluating progress towards [Fulfilling and Rewarding Lives] is based on tangible quality outcomes - visible and measurable indications of whether the vision is being realised. (10)

The government has released a document, 'Fulfilling and rewarding lives: The strategy for adults with autism: Evaluating progress'(10), in which it sets out the outcome measures* against which local areas can test how well they are meeting the aims of the autism strategy.
There are seven quality outcomes. Adults with autism will:

To help local areas work towards these outcomes, the document also sets out three key ambitions:

Measuring progress against these outcomes and ambitions is not mandatory, but the intention of government is that local people with autism and their families work together with local organisations to test how far services have come, and how far they have yet to go, towards achieving them. The Department of Health supplies a self-assessment document to help local bodies record and measure their progress.
The government acknowledges that, in most areas, achieving these outcomes is a long-term goal. It therefore sets out 10 steps that local areas should take (again, they are not compulsory) to help them make progress (10):

* The performance measurements and outcomes in 'Fulfilling and rewarding lives: The strategy for adults with autism: Evaluating progress' do not apply to Northern Ireland. These are being developed by the Regional ASD Network as part of the strategic action plan for autism (15).

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