SKIPS Social Impact Reporting
As a part of our commitment to our stakeholders, communities and sponsors, SKIPS is dedicated to measure and report the social impact of its operations and campaigns. The collection of appropriate data at school level has been formulated in accordance with the theory of change and latest educational research projects.
We are collating a comprehensive impact report for our activities which we will publish in February 2016.
2015 SKIPS Dennis to the Rescue Recycling Campaign
Birmingham City Council has prepared an Interim Evaluation Report on the social impact of this project sponsored by Dennis Eagle, the Warwick-based manufacturer of refuse vehicles.
Under the umbrella of this 2015 campaign, SKIPS distributed a SKIPS Recycling Book, a total of 10,000 books, to every 10 year old in a state sector school in Birmingham and each of the schools received a corresponding environmental lesson plan. All children were given the opportunity to enter a free crossword competition to win an iPad.
SKIPS won the 2015 Making Birmingham Greener & Healthier Award, Best Waste & Recycling Scheme, Education Establishment Category, for the Project and has now been shortlisted for additional UK awards.
Data for 4,500 Central Birmingham households (the first community evaluated) clearly shows the substantial impact of the SKIPS Recycling Book: Recycling rates increased significantly and 96% of respondents confirm increased recycling intent. Indeed, Birmingham City Council reported an increase of recycling weight by 28% in Central Birmingham (see the Interim Evaluation Report by Birmingham City Council in the Social Impact section).
SKIPS Independent Research
SKIPS is dedicated to collating educational research underpinning our SKIPS books. We also run our own, independent research on the emotional attitudes towards homework by parents and pupils and on interventional methods apt to increase the parental support in the home environment and school/parent interaction.
We are in the course of undertaking an ambitions research project on the SKIPS methodology in a community wide project in Wolverhampton – it involves 24,000 SKIPS Numeracy and Literacy books and 12,000 children in 32 schools. The research parameters reflect the latest research such as a paper just published in the Science Journal. This research programme has been financed by three donors.
The data will be analysed in the summer of 2016 (the last set of data will be collected in June 2016) and we expect to publish our findings in the autumn of 2016.
2015 Manchester Trial
In the spring of 2015 SKIPS conducted a trial regarding successful implementation strategies specifically designed to avoid “confirmation bias”. It involved the unbiased observation of a range of parental interaction methods involving SKIPS literacy work books in a select group of schools in Manchester. The findings of this trial are due to be published by 15. December 2015.