Towards a framework for implementing individual funding based on an Australian case study

Laragy, Carmel and Ottmann, Goetz 2011, Towards a framework for implementing individual funding based on an Australian case study, Journal of policy and practice in intellectual disabilities, vol. 8, no. 1, pp. 18-27, doi: 10.1111/j.1741-1130.2011.00283.x.

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Title Towards a framework for implementing individual funding based on an Australian case study
Author(s) Laragy, Carmel
Ottmann, Goetz
Journal name Journal of policy and practice in intellectual disabilities
Volume number 8
Issue number 1
Start page 18
End page 27
Total pages 10
Publisher Wiley - Blackwell Publishing
Place of publication Hoboken, N. J.
Publication date 2011-03
ISSN 1741-1122
Keyword(s) Australia
individual funding
intellectual disabilities
organizational change
program implementation
Summary Although individual funding is increasingly being used around the globe as a mechanism to fund social care, its implementation is proving to be problematic and implementation strategies are not well developed. This paper proposes a framework for the successful introduction and implementation of individual funding programs based on the analysis of data collected in a qualitative case study conducted in an Australian not-for-profit disability agency over a 4-year period from 2003 to 2007. Data were gathered through participant observation and interviews with program participants and managers, and the findings were validated with those involved. Bronfenbrenner’s ecological systems theory is used to analyze the findings from a micro, meso, exo, and macro perspective. The following factors were found to be important for successful implementation: the meaningful involvement of the person with disability in decision-making; adequate resources; access to information and appropriate supports; suitable activities being available; knowledge of policies and procedures; policies ensuring oversight and responsible accountability; employment conditions for workers being safeguarded; and support for staff and managers to adjust to their new roles. Knowledge of effective implementation strategies is important for disability agencies and for governments promoting individual funding because this radically different funding arrangement requires new implementation strategies.
Language eng
DOI 10.1111/j.1741-1130.2011.00283.x
Field of Research 160703 Social Program Evaluation
Socio Economic Objective 940204 Public Services Policy Advice and Analysis
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2011, International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual Disabilities and Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
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