About the Direct Payments Survey
The Direct Payments Survey is a national postal questionnaire on
direct payments policies and practices which took place in Autumn 2004. This collaborative project
combines the work of three multidisciplinary research teams
currently involved in national studies of direct payments. The Direct
Payments Survey was funded by the Department
of Health, the Economic and
Social Research Council and the Modernisation
of Adult Social Care Initiative, and fully endorsed by the Policy Management Unit (Olderpeople and Disability) at the Department of Health.
The fundamental purpose of the survey was to systematically evaluate
arrangements for direct payments support nationally, given that
arrangements for direct payments support constitute a crucial part
of the provision of both direct payments and direct payments support.
Information provided from the survey is being used for the following:
- The development of a UK-wide map of resources being supplied to
supporting direct payments users.
- Assessment of the conditions necessary for the effective implementation
of direct payments.
- Exploration of the variations in the way that direct payments
are structured — across the UK and between authorities sharing
- Evaluation of the impacts of variations in local direct payments
policies and practices.
- Consideration of the cost of supporting direct payment users.
This includes possible explanations for variations in costs
of support, including the quality and scope of the support that
is being provided.
- Identification of best practice in the provision of direct
Quantification of the impact of variations of local resources
on both levels of uptake and intensity of direct payments care
provision, taking into account interrelated factors — as
Questionnaires were sent to all local authorities and health
and social services trusts in the UK and all organisations in the
UK providing support to direct payment users.
Aside from the objectives described, the survey has also informed the work being carried out by the three different teams who also conducted follow-up telephone interviews and further case-study
work in a sub-sample of Local Authorities and Direct Payment Support
The results of the survey are published in two separate reports, available online and in print. More details here.
Webpages hosted by the PSSRU.