News from the Network: Healthy Valleys’ Grassroots Project - evidence and evaluation

This case study as taken from CHEX-Point Newsletter issue 47. It is part of an article examining the use and importance different kinds of evidence and evaluation in community-led practice. You can download the full issue here

South Lanarkshire based community-led health organisation, Healthy Valleys, has successfully implemented an evaluation method called Family Impact Star to gather evidence of the impact of their Grassroots Project. The Project supports pregnant women and families with children under five years old who live in rural South Lanarkshire and are in need of extra help.

Healthy Valleys’ Grassroots Project was launched in November 2012 by Aileen Campbell, MSP for Clydesdale and Minister for Children and Young People. The Project is a volunteer-led early intervention programme in which trained volunteers support pregnant women and families with children under 5 years old who need extra help. It is funded by the Big Lottery until March 2015.

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