Adapting for Change: evaluation

Evaluation report on Adapting for Change, an initiative testing and developing recommendations on housing adaptations.


1. Available at: /publications/adapting-for-change-final-report-adaptations-working-group/

2. Formerly the Joint Improvement Team.

3. The Aberdeen, Falkirk, Fife, and Lochaber Test Sites each established a multi-agency Project Board or Group which has been taking the AfC initiative forward in their area. The Boards have generally included representatives from the local authority housing and social care services, the local health board, local housing associations and a range of third sector organisations.

4. Please note that no service user interviews were carried out in Scottish Borders.

5. The Scottish Borders test site had already carried out its own evaluation of the changes they had made and a copy of that evaluation report can be found at: Please note that no member of the Craigforth study team was involved in the production of this evaluation and it is in no way connected with this study.

6. Available at: /publications/adapting-for-change-final-report-adaptations-working-group/

7. Available at: /publications/adaptations-working-group-scottish-governments-response/

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9. The Scottish Government's website notes that the Regulations require certain "social care" functions (for example, section 12 of the Social Work (Scotland) Act 1968) to be delegated except in relation to housing support services. The effect of the definition of housing support services set….is that services involving equipment and adaptations, and housing support services provided to individuals as, or in conjunction with personal care or personal support services, will not be covered by this exception, and so must be delegated. Further information can be found in a Housing Advice Note available at:

10. Available at:

11. Further information on the ihub's approach to supporting improvement can be found at:

12. This package of support was funded using monies made available by the Scottish Government to address delayed discharge.

13. Each Integration Authority must put in place a Housing Contribution Statement as part of their Strategic Commissioning Plan and is expected to cover the shared outcomes and service priorities for housing, health & social care. Further information can be found at:

14. Further information on this programme can be accessed at:

15. Housing options is a process which starts with housing advice when someone approaches a local authority with a housing problem. This means looking at an individual's options and choices in the widest sense. This approach features early intervention and explores all possible tenure options, including council housing, housing association housing and the private rented sector. Further information can be found at: /policies/homelessness/housing-options/

16. Services users had not usually had direct experience of any changes made under AfC. However, people were often in a position to comment on the principles underpinning the work being taken forward or cite other relevant experiences.


Email: Hannah Davidson,

Phone: 0300 244 4000 – Central Enquiry Unit

The Scottish Government
St Andrew's House
Regent Road

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