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.


What works to enhance the effectiveness of the Healthy Child Programme: An evidence update

This report provides a wealth of information about the evidence for approaches to early intervention for mothers and infants, which may be commissioned and delivered locally as part of the Healthy Child Programme …

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Evaluating early intervention programmes: Six common pitfalls, and how to avoid them

Six issues with evaluation design and execution that we have seen repeatedly across the 100+ programme assessments EIF has done to date, why they undermine confidence in evaluation findings, and how to address them …

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An initial assessment of the 2-year-old free childcare entitlement: Drivers of take-up and impact on early years outcomes

Five years on from the start of this policy, specifically targeted at reducing the early years attainment gap and better preparing disadvantaged children for the start of formal schooling, this report looks at the early signs of impact that the introduction of the 2-year-old entitlement has had. …

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Intervening early to prevent gang and youth violence: The role of primary schools

This report explores the extent to which young children at risk of gang involvement or youth violence are supported through evidence-based early intervention, particularly within primary schools. …

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Reducing Parental Conflict Hub

Check out our one-stop shop for research, evidence, tools and resources designed to help reduce the negative impacts on children of frequent, intense, poorly resolved conflict between parents.


The Guidebook provides information about early intervention programmes that have been evaluated and shown to improve outcomes for children and young people. Now includes 75+ programmes, all assessed by EIF, with updated evidence ratings, new cost ratings and information on implementation and the evidence base.

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