Our Work With Local Places

EIF works with local partners to extend the reach and impact of effective early intervention approaches. Since the organisation was established in 2013 we have worked with early intervention champions in just over 50 local areas.

Our work in local areas has given us an in depth understanding of the challenges of trying to deliver early intervention in a difficult financial climate, and current innovation and ideas about delivering early intervention that exceed what is found in published evidence.

We have supported each local area in different ways: providing advice specific to the local context, access to the latest evidence and/or potentially effective practice, and opportunities to share experiences with areas facing similar challenges.

We have developed a range of tools and resources to meet the specific issues that local places and services are facing, and which have been tested in a range of contexts.  These include:

  • Evidence reviews on what works covering the early years, inter parental relationships, social and emotional learning.
  • A benchmarking tool which gives local partners a new perspective on their performance data using a bespoke virtual comparator, and supports local needs assessment and prioritisation.
  • Self-assessment ‘maturity matrices’ for local agencies to assess the quality of their early intervention delivery and support improvement planning.
  • An EIF methodology to develop a local ‘theory of change’ to support planning, use of evidence and evaluation.
  • A local analysis of the cost of late intervention to support local advocacy and planning for early intervention as an alternative.

We also deliver critical friend support to local areas that are developing their early intervention strategies and approaches.

To find out more about working with EIF get in touch at info@eif.org.uk.

Below are a selection of the places we worked with and the impact that EIF has had:



Croydon Council and its partners have a history of innovating to develop new models of delivering early intervention. They also have some challenges relating to the high levels of need in their local population…

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Nottingham has a long history of commitment to early intervention and in 2008 it launched as an ‘Early Intervention City’ with a 20 year mission to develop services to improve the social and emotional…

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Blackpool is an area facing considerable challenges. It is the sixth most deprived local authority in England with some of the lowest levels of life expectancy and highest rates of children in care…

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Lancashire Police

Lancashire constabulary and the Police and Crime Commissioner have been leading a programme of work since 2012 to drive change across public services in Lancashire and shift to have a greater focus on early…

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The vision of Worcestershire Children’s Services is to enable children, young people and families to achieve their potential in a safe environment so that they can lead successful lives. This is achieved by ensuring that…

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Early intervention for children, young people and families in Solihull is led by the Early Help Board on behalf of the Children’s Trust. The local vision is to make Solihull an ‘early help place’ by helping families…

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Cheshire West & Chester

Cheshire West & Chester have been developing a ‘whole system’ approach to early intervention since 2013. This Integrated Early Support (IES) model aims to help agencies identify which children, families and…

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EIF worked with ‘Flying Start’ Luton between October 2014 and July 2015 as part of a Public Health England contract to support the ten Big Lottery ‘A Better Start’ shortlisted applicants who were not funded to sustain…

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Essex’s early intervention work is based around identifying risks and vulnerabilities early, and investing in evidence based interventions that can be provided at the right time to better support long term…

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EIF worked with Haringey between October 2014 – July 2015 as part of a Public Health England contract to support the 10 Big Lottery A Better Start shortlisted applicants who were not funded to sustain their…

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EIF worked with Sheffield between April 2014 – July 2015 as part of a Public Health England contract to support the 10 Big Lottery A Better Start shortlisted applicants who were not funded to sustain their…

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