The Resource Allocation Tool (RAT) provides a financially sustainable method to arriving at indicative allocations aligned to the needs of local service users. It is populated with data for a statistically representative cohort of users from the council’s existing RAS. It enables exploration of effectiveness of the existing RAS, and the impact of potential changes from revisions to the existing RAS structure or assessment form, or an entirely new approach.
The RAT provides analysis and flexibility to explore changes impacting on the allocation. It can be used to estimate the impact of changes on indicative allocations for different user groups. This ensures the user can assess the impact of such changes on financial sustainability before the new system goes live. Functionality includes:
- three alternative allocation methodologies (fixed, percentile and incremental)
- comparison of allocations with current allocations
- score inflators specific to each group
- filtering to exclude specific groups or service types (e.g. residential care)
The RAT is populated with a cohort or representative sample of services users to mimic the need profile of the overall population. This information is collected by the local authority. This cohort can reflect a live or desktop sample of users but needs to be sufficient in size and mix (needs and user groups) to reflect the overall needs of the service user population.
The data collected will include SAQ scores, service user group, user history (new or current), and cost or existing RAS allocation for current service users.
Once this cohort data has been provided and incorporated (on the “Dataset” sheet), the RAT is configured for development by the local authority in line with local requirements – for instance reflecting the local service user groups and other information specific to the service users.