Designing, setting up and delivering your programme

This process looks at all the stages of design, setting up and delivery of a volunteer programme (drawing on implementation science) and will be tailored to your needs (a new volunteering programme, or adapting an existing one).

We’ll cover:

  • Stakeholder engagement and local ownership of the outcomes from the outset;
  • Alignment of the volunteer programme objectives with the local context, goals and priorities;
  • A step by step approach including building consensus around direction and reviewing fit with local strategy;
  • Design or Review of the Theory of Change that underpins the volunteer programme;
  • Development of a Logic Model and Implementation Plan for delivery;
  • An academic/evidence into practice approach – modelling the process.

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Step 3: Designing a volunteer peer support programme

Step 3 of the framework with a group of key stakeholders to work through the framework and co-design an effective volunteer peer-to-peer initiative.

During this workshop we would explore the following questions:

  • What are the outcomes being sought?
  • What evidence is there that peer support can achieve those outcomes?
  • Does is require a test and learn approach due to gaps in the evidence?
  • What should the peer support initiative therefore look like?
  • How should it work in practice?

What’s included?

  • Parents 1st expertise (no. of facilitators will be dependant on individual requirements)
  • Workshop preparation and facilitation
  • Summary documents of findings including Theory of Change, Logic Model and Implementation Plan

Step 4: Co-producing an implementation plan

Step 4 of the framework is a workshop with a group of key stakeholders to co-produce an implementation plan.

During this workshop we will undertake the following:

  • The creation of an implementation team
  • Provide the tools and processes to develop a comprehensive and workable implementation plan setting out what needs to be done to make the initiative happen
  • Training for key staff on the core components of the Community Parent Model

What’s included?

  • Parents 1st expertise (no. of facilitators will be dependant on individual requirements)
  • Workshop preparation and facilitation

Step 5: Delivering an implementation plan

The evidence around implementation highlights the need for a dedicated implementation team. Depending on the expertise of the local internal team, it has also been shown to be useful to have external support and expertise for implementation.

This process will include the following:

  • Remote or face to face support for implementation, review and adaptation
  • Quality processes that nurture development of effective peer support skills

What’s included?

  • Parents 1st expertise (no. of facilitators will be dependant on individual requirements)
  • A remote/face to face support plan tailored to your needs

Next step

Reviewing and improving your programme

Things don’t stay the same! It is a constant process of review and adaptation.

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