A framework for research on costs and benefits of independent advocacy: report for the Office for Disability Issues

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Townsley, Ruth; Davies, Linda; Ward, Linda
Office for Disability Issues
Date of publication
1 October 2009
Disabled people, Social Policy, Social Work, Social Care and Social Services
Social welfare
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This paper sets out a proposed framework for future research to investigate the cost-effectiveness of independent advocacy for disabled people in each of the following four situations: during transition to adulthood; when the children of disabled parents are subject to safeguarding procedures; when entry to residential care is a possibility; and when disabled people are victims or alleged perpetrators of anti-social behaviour. The approach proposes six stages to the work: first, setting up a sampling frame; second, identification of sites and participants; third, site mapping and service unit costs estimation; fourth, baseline data and costs collection; fifth, follow-up data and costs collection; and sixth, cost-effectiveness analysis and economic modelling. The research approach proposed here is intended to contribute to the knowledge about the costs and impact of independent advocacy services for disabled people in different situations and to examine the cost-effectiveness of these services by considering a number of different variables or controlling characteristics.

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