The SOUL Record uses three main methodologies (solution focussed questionnaires, one-to-one worksheets and observational techniques) for collecting data on soft outcome progression. Separate sections are available for use with children, young people and adults.
Thirty six bespoke adaptation questionnaires have also been developed for tailored projects,support, including parents, healthy living, working with older people and domestic violence. Organisations select from a range of questionnaires, worksheets and observation sheets, choosing the resources best suited to an individual client’s needs.
The toolkit concentrates on what the individual can do, rather than things they have been unable to achieve and it is intended as a positive experience. By measuring changes over time in outcomes such as confidence, self-esteem and the acquisition of practical skills etc., organisations are able to demonstrate the distance that individuals or groups have travelled. Clients score the extent to which they agree or disagree with statements (1-6) and from their own assessment set goals and/or steps to aim for and achieve. Practitioners input client scores into the web based toolkit which generates statistical data and visual graphs which can be used as evidence to demonstrate progress.
The SOUL Record is a useful resource for both one-to-one work and group work and can be used to collate scores in group situations.it is suitable for projects where there is face to face contact with individuals over a period of time, including family support, classes, courses and other support programmes. Talking a client through The SOUL Record can act as an important part of establishing a relationship especially when working with vulnerable individuals. For organisations, it can help pinpoint where an individual may require extra support or guidance. Data from The SOUL Record can be used to assess the impact of specific projects or organisational initiatives and to support funding applications.