CORC to evaluate the Cheshire and Merseyside Children’s Transformation Programme

CORC is delighted to have been commissioned to undertake a systematic evaluation of the Cheshire and Merseyside Integrated Care Board’s Children and Young People’s Children’s Transformation Programme: “Beyond”.
Beyond, hosted by Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust, was established in 2021 with the aim of giving every child and young person in Cheshire and Merseyside the best possible start in life, maximising their opportunities to reach their potential. Beyond aims to support the NHS Long Term Plan commitments but has widened the scope of delivery to ensure a Population Health focus across key priority areas: Healthy Weight and Obesity, Respiratory, Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health, Learning Difficulties, Disabilities and  Autism, Diabetes, Epilepsy, and Oral Health.
Beyond aims to listen to the voices of children and young people, to respond to their needs, and to transform their services, outcomes and life chances through integrated work across the partnership. Taking a partnership approach, the programme’s focus has been co-produced, and a “shift left” is key to its work – a shift to increase focus on integrated early intervention and prevention work that address wider determinants of health and social care.
The CORC team will be working with partners in Cheshire and Merseyside to identify, evaluate and share learning on what is working well in the design and delivery of the Beyond and capture any elements for improvement.  We will be taking a mixed methods approach and will work with local partners to co-construct a theory of change for the programme to underpin this. We will be drawing on existing data flows and research and supplementing these with a qualitative process evaluation to explore change over time from a complex systems perspective across the coming year.
We look forward to developing this work with colleagues in Cheshire and Merseyside, and to sharing any transferable learning that emerges with the CORC Network later in the year.

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