What we did for Neighbourhood Networks
We created an in-depth report for Neighbourhood Networks, clearly highlighting the financial savings that the charity could achieve for local authorities and the impact on those who can benefit from their services.
Designed and printed in an engaging A4 document, the cost benefit analysis report could be presented to key decision makers within local authorities to raise awareness and secure funding for further networks across the country.
- Provide evidence of the savings that investment in the peer support model can realise
- Get on the radar of key decision makers in local authorities
- Present proof of concept for what Neighbourhood Networks does, which can be used as a business case to secure further networks and retain existing networks.
Research and collaboration played a huge part in this project – we worked with partners, the Neighbourhood Networks team and local authorities to present a report that clearly reflects the financial and community benefits of this charity, in line with the overarching objectives of appropriate adult care on a local and national level.
Briefing & research
In the first stage of the project, we worked with Neighbourhood Networks to gather and assess all existing information, including previous cost benefit analysis reports, financial information and details on how the charity operates.
We studied papers from their sister organisation, KeyRing, and in-depth health and social care strategies that gave us valuable insight on Scottish policy and how Neighbourhood Networks aligns with care objectives for local authorities. This stage – in addition to giving us the foundation of the report – prepared us for what else was needed to make a strong financial case.
Field research & case studies
To complete the real-life case studies, we worked with Neighbourhood Networks to approach individuals who use their services in different ways. It was important for participants to feel comfortable at all times, so we hosted the interviews in Neighbourhood Networks premises as informal, anonymous chats. We transcribed the interviews and included three case studies in the report.
We also interviewed local authorities who have been working with Neighbourhood Networks in their regions. This included a region with over 11 networks and a region that implemented the charity within the last year. This helped to establish proof-of-concept and preempt any questions that would need to be answered in the report.
At this stage, we worked alongside chartered accountants, Wylie & Bisset to conduct financial research and analysis that provides evidence on the costs that could be saved through implementing Neighbourhood Networks, in comparison to traditional support methods.