Investigating the impact of the Armed Forces Covenant

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What is the issue?

The Armed Forces Covenant is a pledge by the government to ensure that members of the Armed Forces Communities do not suffer from disadvantage due to their (or their family members’) service. The Forces in Mind Trust (FiMT) has commissioned RAND Europe and Shared Intelligence to evaluate the impact of the Covenant in reducing disadvantage for the Armed Forces Community, and how the work of public sector organisations, under the Covenant, has achieved this.

The third instalment of FiMT’s ‘Our Community Our Covenant’ reports, this project will provide new evidence and differs from previous instalments in three respects:

  • It will aim to address the extent to which the Covenant has been adopted and is being implemented, as well as its impact in reducing disadvantage;
  • It will focus on the role of local government in six areas of public service delivery (health, housing, education, social care, children’s services and employment);
  • The scope of the research will include England, Wales and Scotland, as well as Northern Ireland.

As part of its objectives, the project will explore the impact COVID-19 may have had on the Armed Forces Community as well as the ability of public sector organisations to address any existing or new disadvantage and any changes to their role or remit.

The output of the project will provide a baseline for future impact evaluation before possible further enshrinement of the Covenant into law through the Armed Forces Bill 2021.

How are we helping?

The RAND Europe project team will provide both subject-matter expertise in relation to the Armed Forces Community and evaluation expertise. The researchers will support Shared Intelligence by conducting interviews and group discussions with public service organisations, Armed Forces charities, and members of the Armed Forces community; drafting a revised Theory of Change framework across six policy areas; helping undertake a contribution analysis; and developing a revised toolkit.