The Foundation has been instrumental in convening an initiative aiming to design a Core Outcome Set for domestic abuse services. When we were designing the For Baby’s Sake outcomes framework, we quickly realised just how differently projects were tackling this question and the plethora of indicators and measurements they were using.
Discussions with academics, commissioners and service providers revealed an appetite to work together to create a Core Outcome Set, which could provide a starting point for measurement, particularly for services aiming to improve outcomes for children affected by domestic abuse.
Following some initial workshops, which we led jointly with colleagues at the University of Bristol and the University of Cambridge and New Philanthropy Capital, this initiative is being taken forward with funding support from the Violence and Mental Health Network (co-ordinated by King's College London and funded by UKRI - UK Research and Innovation) and the National Institute for Health Research’s Policy Research Unit in Children and Families.
A landmark development was a workshop in June 2019, with included input from international academics and also powerful calls from mothers who had survived domestic abuse about the trauma-informed outcomes they would prioritise, related to themselves and their children being empowered to live fulfilled lives.