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Camphill Social Pedagogy Pilot Evaluation

Project Team: Dr Autumn Roesch-Marsh, Dr Steve Kirkwood and Sheila Cooper

As part of the 2013 learning disability strategy 'the keys to life', the Scottish Government funded Camphill Scotland to pilot the use of social pedagogy in supporting young people and adults.  A group of staff from two Camphill communities in Scotland (Blair Drummond and Tiphereth) were trained in social pedagogy and supported to build on their previously-accumulated skills and knowledge. The group used the Outcomes that Matter framework to record the progress of some of the people they support.

Using an action research approach, the team evaluated whether and to what extent social pedagogy (SP) impacted positively on people who are supported at Tiphereth and Blair Drummond. The objectives of the evaluation were to:

  • Explore the impact of SP training on staff
  • Examine whether and in what way SP has influenced staff’s behaviour
  • Identify facilitators and barriers to implementation of SP in the two services
  • Determine the added value of SP in these services
  • Explore the impact of the use of SP on people using the services
  • Determine the extent to which the Project has met its objective

Relevant publications

Kirkwood, S., Roesch-Marsh, A. & Cooper, S. (2017). Evaluating social pedagogy in the UK: Methodological issues. Qualitative Social Work[OnlineFirst]

Roesch-Marsh, A., Cooper, S. & Kirkwood, S. (2015). Social pedagogy pilot project evaluation. Edinburgh: The University of Edinburgh.

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