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Access to period products: monitoring and evaluation strategy 2021/22 to 2024/25

Evaluation and monitoring strategy on free access to period products. The Period Products (Free Provision) (Scotland) Act 2021 came into force on 15 August 2022. This document presents the approach to evaluating and monitoring implementation of the Act.


Annex C – Logic model

Inputs

  • Appropriate governance, funding and resource provided at a national level.
  • Appropriate governance and resource provided by local authorities and education providers.
  • Consultation with product users on the types, range and accessibility of products.

Outputs

  • Provision of a range of period products free of charge.
  • Provision of period products that meet user needs in terms of types, brands and absorbencies (as identified through consultation with product users).
  • Provision of period products in sufficient quantities to meet user needs arising while in Scotland.
  • Provision of period products in a range of settings that are reasonably easily accessible to those that need to use them.
  • Products are obtainable in a way the provides dignity and avoids embarrassment.

Short-term outcomes

  • High levels of take up of period products.
  • People who need to use period products are less worried about having their period.
  • Fewer people reporting difficulties accessing period products.
  • People who need to use period products feel more able to continue with day-to-day activities during their period, including attendance at work and education.
  • People who need to use period products feel involved in the delivery of access to free period products.
  • People who need to use period products are less likely to resort to using unsuitable alternatives or using products to unsafe durations.

Long-term outcomes

  • Culture change around menstruation ('period dignity'), reflected by reduced stigma and normalisation of menstruation.
  • Increase in private sector organisations providing access to free period products.
  • Reduced cost of living for households with menstruating people, particularly among those with lower household incomes.
  • Increased educational attendance among pupils whilst on their period.
  • Improved mental health and wellbeing among menstruating people.

Assumptions

  • Continued demand for free period products.

Potential external influences

  • Changes to collection arrangements (e.g. COVID-19 restrictions).
  • Private sector period product provision landscape.
  • Changes in product type and range.
  • Wider sociocultural norms surrounding menstruation.

Contact

Email: socialresearch@gov.scot

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