Inter-parental relationships and family systems programme assessment: expressions of interest

19 January 2017


The EIF has been funded by government and the Joseph Rowntree Foundation to undertake a programme of work to understand what works in supporting inter-parental relationships and family systems for those in or at risk of poverty. This will involve assessing a series of relationship and family support interventions against our standards of evidence. This will ultimately lead to programmes being included in EIF’s online Guidebook of programmes, capturing each intervention’s strength of evidence, scale of impact, and broad cost.

This works builds upon and extends an existing review carried out by EIF in 2016, ‘What Works to Enhance Inter-Parental Relationships and Improve Outcomes for Children’, which established that parental relationships are a significant influence on effective parenting practices and long-term child outcomes. This work also sits alongside a programme of work funded by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation which seeks to understand what works in developing the relational, social and emotional capabilities and assets of children and families in or at risk of poverty.

Consultation and revised background paper

Between 18 November and 2 December, we ran a consultation to give providers, developers and evaluators of inter-parental relationship and family system interventions the opportunity to comment on the scope and process for the work and to decide whether they would like to be involved.

Thank you to the respondents who provided feedback on our consultation paper. We have amended the background paper in an attempt to respond to all relevant feedback.

We would encourage all interested parties to read the amended background paper, as it contains useful information that should inform all potential submissions.

Expressions of interest

We are now inviting expressions of interest to be included in the programme assessment process. All those wishing to be included in the review should complete our online form.

The deadline for all expressions of interest is 10 February 2017.

We kindly ask that respondents indicate their intention to be included in the process by 27 January 2017 by emailing

We will notify all respondents of the outcome of their submission by the end of February 2017.