Local Investment Programme 2017/18 final evaluation report – Transforming care and health through information and technology

Local Investment Programme Report Evaluation Local Government AssociationThe Local Investment Programme (LIP) 2017/18

By Dr Adam Hoare

Part of a NHS Digital funded Social Care Programme, focusing on improving digital maturity in the adult social care provider sector and using technology for better joint working between adult social care and the health sector.

Through LIP, the LGA offered £50,000 of funding to 19 councils to develop these various technology-based initiatives. The Bayswater Institute co-authored the final evaluation report with Traverse.

While the LIP projects did not always lead to immediate outcomes and cost savings, in some cases they formed the basis of applications for further funding for a wider scale digital intervention which could have clearer impacts. Most projects found it difficult to monitor and evidence outcomes and cost savings of their approach and local evaluations have been uneven in their depth and results.

The evidence this could produce is essential for project sustainability for example when applying for future funding to further develop projects or producing internal business cases. To this end, the programme could have provided projects with greater support to evidence the scope of their intervention.

However, significant learning from the challenges that have emerged throughout LIP have formed the basis of a Digital Toolkit to help councils who are starting a new digital transformation project. This toolkit provides a step-by-step guide to introducing a new digital service and covers:

  1. identifying the issue you are trying to solve
  2. designing your approach
  3. planning delivery
  4. delivering the service
  5. evaluating the success of the service including cost savings.

Additionally, learning from LIP has been built into future LGA and NHS Digital programmes, such
as the Social Care Digital Innovation Programme 2018-19 (SCDIP). The programme has been designed so that projects undergo a discovery phase prior to implementation to ensure that concepts and use-cases are tested, early challenges are overcome, and outcomes are effectively monitored.

Local Investment Programme (LIP) Final Report

Read the interim report here:

Transforming care and health through information and technology: Local Investment Programme – Interim Report