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Below, EQ completes a framework for talking about successful practice that features in our publication – “Evaluation of Childcare & Family Support Services focusing on the Impact on Beneficiaries: Inherent Difficulties, Ethics, Key Principles, Suggested Approaches and a Selection of Related Tools”. This was produced in the context of a programme focusing on the evaluation of social services for children and families funded under the Bulgarian Swiss Cooperation Programme.


Framework for presenting successful practice 

Below, we talk…


In recent months, in the context of public presentations, Equilibrium’s chairman, David Bisset, has been explaining the circumstances that provoked him to write a book about impact-based assessment of services for children and families. 

This is, therefore, an abbreviated version of a far larger manuscript that contains detailed exploration of the subjects that are framed briefly in the following pages.

Our mission – expressed briefly – is to provoke a paradigm shift in monitoring and evaluation so that these…


“It is not feasible to eliminate all risk. However, we have an obligation to protect people – employees, clients and members of the public with whom we interact – as far as it is ‘reasonably practicable’.

Risk can be associated with the actual, legitimate operations we perform in the provision of services in line with the technical proposal provided to the municipal authority or the physical environments and circumstances in which they are legitimately performed.” How do we define ‘risk’?…


“Games and adventures” – this is how we refer to an extensive repertoire that has developed over the years – myriad ways of working with children in group contexts.

The neuroscientist, Howard Gardner, tells us that the human brain is the result of over 2 million years of evolutionary development and its size and sophistication is commensurate with the way we interact with the world which is more diverse and multifaceted than other animals that we consider “less intelligent”. The…


From time to time, most parents wonder if they are doing the right thing. Of course, the ‘perfect’ parent does not exist. Everyone run into difficulties and worries about the impact on their children.

One of their main sources of worry is discipline and how they can make their children behave acceptably. It may be a great difficulty for a lot of parents. It seems that everyone has his/her own opinion about how to successfully care for children. Does leniency…


We have noticed that when evaluating extracurricular activities and/or excursions, educators tend to assess each event as a discrete exercise and place great emphasis on its affordability to parents.

This happens whether the proposal relates to a one-hour trip to an environmental exhibition at a local museum (2 leva per child) or a summer green school – in Dryanovo, say- lasting 3 days (140 leva per child). Thus, school outings are largely determined by the options provided by commercial service…


Equilibrium’s manual on Experiential Education is based on the execution of a single project in which a proportion of the work was undertaken in rural areas.

It, nevertheless, contains a detailed section providing safety advice for those working with children and young adults in the outdoors and we recommend it as reading material for teachers and youth workers who are considering taking parties out of the larger towns or cities.

This brief guide deals with the issue of working within…


We all know that we should not use something that someone else has written in a manner that suggests the words are our own – we should clearly state our source.

When it comes to using images, matters can be far less clear because you aren’t likely to be able to protect yourself by stating where you got a picture. If it is subject to copyright, you need permission to use it. It is as simple as that. Also, nowadays,…


We all know that a fairly comprehensive body of educational theory exists that challenges the idea that children require instruction in order to become educated.

It is also widely recognized that a particular style of instruction can be inappropriate for a particular child at a particular stage in his / her development. Maria Montessori recognized that educational material, if framed appropriately, can be ‘self-correcting’ and that children can learn at their own pace through exploration and the weighing-up of options.…