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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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Teaching, pedagogy and practice in early years childcare: An evidence review

Despite the strong consensus that high-quality childcare provision can generate significant and sustained improvements in child outcomes, there remains a lack of clarity as to what this high-quality provision looks like in practice. The report focuses on ‘process quality’, which refers to children’s daily experiences and the interactions between early education staff, children and parents…

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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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