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Projects, Evidence and Learning

Projects, Evidence and Learning

Read more about projects and initiatives we have already funded, and the difference they have made to care experienced young people and people affected by dementia.

Learning so far

As we have been funding, we have also been carrying out a programme of evaluation, not just for the projects that we fund, but also for the Life Changes Trust itself.

Good evaluation, and learning from evaluation, results in more effective services for people and communities. We will also use this evaluation and the evidence we have been gathering to lay robust foundations for influencing change.

Evaluation has begun on the majority of Trust funded projects, with many underway.

What we are doing with our evidence and learning

With all of our funded projects, we evaluate the evidence they have produced and assess their impact. We produce our own learning reports and commission independent evaluations.

We will use this evidence in our activities to influence policy and practice in Scotland, both locally and nationally, drawing on this learning and listening closely to young people with care experience, people living with dementia and those caring for people with dementia, unpaid.

Our Dementia Programme

Our Young People with Care Experience Programme

We work alongside people living with dementia and unpaid carers of those with dementia, listening to what matters to them and respecting their views and needs.

We fund projects and initiatives that support individuals to feel more able to exercise choice and control in their own lives.

We also support and enable people living with dementia and unpaid carers to come together to influence decisions that affect them.

Our work takes a human rights based approach, acknowledging that people living with dementia and unpaid carers are absolutely the experts in what works best for them.

We work with and listen closely to young people with care experience, listening to what matters to them and respecting their views and needs.

At the heart of our work is a commitment to giving young people with care experience opportunities to express what matters to them and to create spaces where their needs and aspirations can be amplified, so that they themselves can shape our work and also influence change in Scotland.

We work with young people, practitioners and other professionals so that when young people leave care, they have positive life chances and outcomes just like their peers.