The Adult Social Care Outcomes Toolkit (ASCOT) is a novel method for determining the impact of services. ASCOT is a suite of tools designed to measure the domains of quality of life most affected by social care. We call this social care-related quality of life (SCRQoL).
- In order to use ASCOT tools you have to register with us and obtain a licence. For more information about this and to download a registration form, Click here.
- ASCOT is designed for use across a wide range of user groups and care and support settings. As well as a self-completion questionnaire (SCT4) and structured interview schedule (INT4) for use with service users, the suite of instruments include: a mixed-methods approach to measuring outcomes in care homes (CH3); an easy read version for people with intellectual disabilities or autism (SCT4 Easy Read in the self completion section on the tools page) and instruments designed to measure the SCRQoL of family (unpaid) carers (Carer SCT4 and Carer INT4). See the Which ASCOT tool should I use? page for details of all these tools.
- ASCOT is preference weighted and can be used in economic evaluations (see Netten et al. 2012 for details of the preference study). ASCOT has been recommended for use in the economic evaluation of social care services (Bulamu et al. 2015, Makai et al. 2014) and to determine the effectiveness of social care interventions or policy (Callaghan et al. 2017, Bauer et al. 2017)
- All ASCOT tools measure current SCRQoL and some also measure the impact of services on service users’ SCRQoL (we have termed it ‘gain’).
Watch the video opposite for a more detailed introduction to ASCOT.