"The Family Test was introduced in 2014 in England. All new domestic laws and governmental policies must face the Family Test to make sure they support strong and stable families."
"The DWP has published departmental advice on carrying out the Family Test. The Family Test is not a statutory requirement and publishing the results is encouraged, but not required. Relatively few Family Test results have been published leading to criticism that the policy is not yet successfully embedded in all Governmental Departments."
1. What kind of impact might the policy have on family formation?
2. What kind of impact will the policy have on families going through key transitions such as becoming parents, getting married, fostering or adopting, bereavement, redundancy, new caring responsibilities, or the onset of a long-term health condition?
3. What impacts will the policy have on all family members` ability to play a full role in family life, including with respect to parenting and other caring responsibilities?
4. How does the policy impact families before, during and after couple separation?
5. How does the policy impact those families most at risk of deterioration of relationship quality and breakdown?
"We are working on ways to help improve parenting. Well now I want that work accelerated, expanded and implemented as quickly as possible. This has got to be right at the top of our priority list..."
At this point I think it might be appropriate to introduce an article from Civil Society which discusses the Scottish experience to developing participative services. Note the word `participative` (i.e. participatory democracy) and the role of the voluntary sector across the UK. It would also be pertinent to notice how many ideas are linked to Common Purpose: such as leaders, Carnegie UK Trust, charities and networks. The emphasis on evidence suggests a government intent on knowing everything there is to know about the public. Here it is:
"Pippa Coutts, from the Alliance for Useful Evidence, and Jenny Brotchie, from Carnegie UK Trust, argue that the Scottish experience to developing participative services highlights the key role for the community and voluntary sector across the UK as both creators and champions of evidence..."
"As the Carnegie UK Trust’s InterAction research highlights, charities are important knowledge creators. Many are already delivering participative, enabling public services. Most have a strong connection to the people and communities that they work with. And, as we know, charities are often willing and able to test out innovative ways of working and adapt quickly to changing needs. The challenge will be to bring together the knowledge of charities, academics and public sector partners to build and make accessible a strong associated evidence base..."
"We need leaders to make a difference. We need evidence champions, opinion leaders, and role models to be messengers for the importance of the evidence in developing outcomes-focussed services. The Alliance for Useful Evidence has a network of over 3000 allies and is developing the role of evidence champions, people who are generating and using evidence in their practice. "