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Information Programme for South Asian Families (IPSAF)

In 2014, the Alzheimer’s Society developed a culturally tailored Information Programme for South Asian Families (IPSAF). The aims of the programme are to improve the knowledge, skills and understanding of South Asian families caring for someone living with dementia. Each programme consists of four sessions delivered by Alzheimer’s Society facilitators with co-facilitators from local South Asian community organisations.

In 2014, the School of Dementia Studies was commissioned by the Alzheimer’s Society to conduct an external evaluation

Download our evaluation:

Executive Summary - Information Programme for South Asian Families (IPSAF)

Full Final Report - Information Programme for South Asian Families (IPSAF)

Short Summary - Information Programme for South Asian Families (IPSAF)

Study Team

The Evaluation

In 2014, the School of Dementia Studies was commissioned by the Alzheimer’s Society to conduct an external evaluation. The aims of the evaluation were:

1. To evaluate and report on the immediate and medium-term impact of IPSAF on the lives of those carers/relatives who attended

2. To evaluate and report on the immediate and medium-term impact of IPSAF on the wider families, including the person with dementia, of those who attended

3. To evaluate and report on whether and how IPSAF has raised attendees knowledge and / or use of services and sources of information and support

4. To explore and report on how carers / relatives experienced attending a group with their peers 

5. To find out and report whether stakeholders feel aspects of adaptation for SA communities that are embedded in IPSAF could be applied in other parts of the Alzheimer’s Society or more widely

6. To evaluate and report on the experiences of the organisations involved in IPSAF of partnership working

Between April 2014 and March 2015, we undertook:

•             7 focus groups with 42 IPSAF participants

•             9 semi-structured interviews with 11 Alzheimer’s Society staff members

•             5 semi-structured interviews with 6 community partners

•             A ‘before and after’ knowledge quiz with participants

•             7 semi-structured family interviews completed within 3 months of attending IPSAF

•             3 follow-up semi-structured family interviews completed 6-8 months after attending IPSAF

•             Observation of 4 IPSAF sessions at 4 different sites; attendance at IPSAF familiarisation courses and teleconferences

Funding Source

This evaluation was commissioned by the Alzheimer’s Society.

Contact

For further information about IPSAF please contact

Alice Clark: alice.clark@alzheimers.org.uk

For further information about the evaluation please contact

Professor Jan Oyebode: j.oyebode@bradford.ac.uk