Guest post

by Ben Pearson, Healthwatch, Blackburn with Darwen

Healthwatch Blackburn with Darwen have been working in partnership with Leapfrog to co-​design new tools (Sorting Out Target Control, Personally Important and Facilitator’s Notes) to improve the quality and depth of information we gather, allowing us to build a clearer narrative when influencing change.

Having used Leapfrog tools for some time with great success we still identified several barriers to analysing findings, the new tools have allowed us to overcome this. We have used the new tools with various groups including on Royal Blackburn Hospital’s Children’s Ward and an older peoples group.

Information that in the past has perhaps been missed is now captured, tools are fully inclusive allowing people of different ages and abilities to share their views in a variety of environments.

The tools area easy to use and allow volunteers both old and young to use them when facilitating workshops.

We are excited to continue using these tools on new projects over the coming year.