An interim report has been compiled to evaluate the work of the National Independent Visitor Network (NIVN) during the period October 2016 to October 2018. The NIVN was initially set up in 2014 thanks to funding acquired by the children’s charity Barnardo’s from the Tudor Trust. Whilst the funding was obtained by Barnardo’s, it was agreed that the charity would host the NIVN but its work would be independent and for the benefit of all those involved in delivery and recipients of Independent Visitor (IV) services. The initial funding from the Tudor Trust covered the period March 2014 to March 2017 and a number of objectives were identified for delivery during that period. The achievements of the NIVN during the first period of funding have been detailed in two previous evaluation reports.1 The success of the NIVN in achieving its objectives and in highlighting the importance of the role of the NIVN led to a commitment from the Tudor Trust to a further three years of funding to cover the period from April 2017 to February 2020. This report is intended to provide an overview of the progress to date and to make recommendations regarding the focus of the work for the remaining period of the funding. A full evaluation will be completed in November 2019.

The evaluation has been conducted by an external evaluator. NIVN commissioned the previous evaluator to continue the review of the project for the second period of funding. It was agreed that there would be two reports. An interim report at a halfway point and a final report to review the overall achievements against the identified objectives. The compilation of the interim report has included both primary and secondary data collection and collation as well as the gathering and analysis of both qualitative and quantitative data. Data collection has included:

  • Desk research – reviewing documents relating to the role of the IV as well as project specific documents.
  • Telephone and face to face interviews have been conducted with IV Coordinators, Senior Managers and NIVN project staff
  • Regional Network Coordinators were sent a set of questions regarding the functioning of their network meetings and a visit was carried

    and a visit was carried out to one of the network meetings where a face to face group interview was conducted with those present.

  • Attendance at and a presentation made at the National IV Conference with feedback gathered from conference attendees working in small groups.

The data from all of these sources has been collated, analysed and reviewed thematically in order to present interim findings and recommendations for future delivery.

To read the full report click here The NIVN Interim Evaluation Report 2018

Report compiled by Sophie Wellings
(October 2018)

More news

What do children need and want from IV befriending relationships?

As a movement of Independent Visitor (IV) professionals, volunteer befrienders and care-experienced young people, NIVN’s goal is increase the number of high-quality IV friendships for

Read more

Doughnut Cat and Mr. Taco Head introduce the Independent Visitor role!

We're thrilled to introduce ‘Doughnut Cat and Mr. Taco Head’! A new, short animation to promote the role of an Independent Visitor (IV), a voluntary befriender, for children growing up in care.

Read more