Evaluating Talking Takes Off

Luton Borough Council is working with the University of Bedfordshire to measure the success of Talking Takes Off (TTO).

Surveys and interviews are being conducted with those involved, to explore how Talking Takes Off is making a change across Luton and Bedfordshire. For example, seven parents who attended the TTO Communication Sessions were interviewed. They reported that the sessions made a real difference to their child’s speech and communication skills.

The findings suggest that TTO made a direct impact on the home learning environment too as mothers explained how they used the games and songs at home, and that it helped their confidence in communicating with their child. The mothers also noted the benefits of being part of a smaller group because they felt this provided an opportunity to really focus and communicate with their child.

To assess TTO’s impact on the workforce, surveys are also being conducted with everyone who attends TTO training. This aims to capture whether the training has helped improve people’s understanding and knowledge of the importance of speech, language and communication. So far, the results have been impressive and showed that the training has significantly improved people’s confidence, understanding and knowledge.

To find out how people have used the training and the TTO resources a follow up survey will be sent out three months post – training. We are also looking to interview seven or eight communication champions during January and February to learn more about how TTO is being used in the workplace.

The impact of TTO is measured across the board, and data collection is on-going. If you would like to help with the evaluation by providing a case study or by being interviewed about the impact of TTO at your setting, please contact Annemarie.lodder@beds.ac.uk or Stephanie.cash@luton.gov.uk

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