Sheffield

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 journey in transforming early years services.

EIF Support & Advice:

  • EIF worked with Sheffield to develop a theory of change to support their Best Start Sheffield strategy, and facilitated two stakeholder workshops to develop a local outcomes framework and delivery plans.
  • EIF provided Sheffield with opportunities to network with other sites and learn from their experience.
  • EIF completed a ‘benchmarking analysis’ which measured Sheffield’s performance indicators against a virtual, identical comparator.

Feedback

‘EIF have given very timely third party input to our Early Years’ Strategy. EIF’s expertise and knowledge has been of considerable help in clarifying our understanding of our strengths, and identifying areas for improvement which will help to strengthen commissioning decisions.’

Julia Thompson, Sheffield

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Haringey

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 journey in transforming early years services.

EIF Support & Advice:

  • EIF introduced a theory of change planning tool to support the development of Haringey’s early years strategy, and led a workshop with an early years partnership stakeholder group.
  • EIF provided advice on applying an early years self-assessment to identify system change priorities.
  • EIF involved Haringey in opportunities to network with other sites and learn from their experience.
  • EIF worked with public health, CCG and children’s services commissioners to develop an action plan to implement universal components of the Healthy Child Programme.

Feedback

‘Having input from EIF allowed us head space and thinking time to plan our significant work programme around implementation of the universal healthy child programme. I found it very helpful to talk through our challenges and Ben’s calm and helpful approach made it seem less daunting – although is still very challenging!’

Sheena Carr, Haringey

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Luton

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 their journey in transforming early years services.

EIF Support & Advice

  • EIF worked with Luton to develop a theory of change to support their strategy and delivery plan.
  • EIF provided advice on outcomes tools and the benefits of using standardised tools which are valid and reliable; as opposed to tools which are simple, flexible and provide a good structure for a conversation with a family.
  • EIF involved Luton in opportunities to network with other sites and learn from their experience.
  • EIF completed a benchmarking analysis which measured Luton’s performance indicators against a virtual, identical comparator.

Feedback from Luton:

“We have as a team here in Luton benefitted from the support provided (by EIF) over the last few months. The workshop we held on the Theory of Change was helpful and EIF’s insight and challenge has been of value. When working on such a major project is it useful to have the skills and knowledge of an external partner to bring insight.”

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