Right for children, better for the economy

We are an independent charity and What Works Centre which champions and supports the use of effective early intervention for children with signals of risk.


The Guidebook provides information about early intervention programmes that have been evaluated and shown to improve outcomes for children and young people. Now includes 50+ programmes, all assessed by EIF, with updated evidence ratings, new cost ratings and information on implementation and the evidence base.


EIF Commissioner Guide: Reducing the impact of interparental conflict on children

This brand new guide is a practical planning tool to support local commissioners and leaders of services for children and families to reduce the impact of conflict between parents on children by using the best available research and practice evidence on interparental conflict…

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The cost of late intervention: EIF analysis 2016

Our updated analysis shows that late intervention for children and young people costs nearly £17 billion a year across England and Wales…

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Foundations for Life: What Works to Support Parent Child Interaction in the Early Years

This groundbreaking assessment of 75 early intervention programmes for improving child outcomes through positive parent child interactions in the early years covers interventions aimed at attachment, behaviour and cognitive development…

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Early intervention into action: Innovation and evaluation

What is good evaluation, and why does it matter? See our five rules of thumb for evaluating early intervention at the local level, and learn the lessons of trailblazing places who have done it already …

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Search our interactive library of early intervention programmes and learn about good evidence of impact.


“We will do everything we can to help anybody, whatever your background, to go as far as your talents will take you.”            

    Statement from the new Prime Minister, Theresa May, 13 July