Target Families is a web based impact measurement tool designed by Vanilla for any organisation dealing with troubled families. Target is designed with ease of use in mind and the interface is simple, clean and efficient. The toolkit can be used throughout an organisation from management level to individual case workers and allows for effective management of individual cases and a range of reporting and analysis that can help senior management understand the performance of an organisation’s intervention and produce a solid argument for future funding.
At the heart of the Target Families build are three core systems;
These three systems combine together with a case log allowing for the input of an unlimited number of cases by a case worker with the core capabilities being;
Altogether the functionality of Target Families creates a powerful tool for reporting, understanding and intervening in any organisation that works with troubled families.
David Cameron has promised to turn around the lives of 120,000 families by 2015. New figures estimate that £9 billion is being spent annually on these most troubled families, an average of £75,000 per family per year. However, just £1 billion of this is spent trying to turn around their lives in a targeted, positive way. Under the government’s measure, families need to meet five out of seven criteria – including truanting children, parents with addiction and anti-social behaviour – to be classified as “troubled”. £448m is being provided to local authorities to tackle these problems at a local level. It is estimated government funding will only provide 40% of the total costs required and a national blueprint of local solutions will not be provided. Therefore every area will be facing tough choices in the year ahead regarding how best to make positive impact across local communities.