Maternity and early years services play a vital role in a child’s development, both through their direct impact on a child, and also indirectly, by supporting caregivers and influencing a child’s lived environment. However, we know that these services often struggle to demonstrate their impact, both individually and collectively.
This is why we are developing a maternity and early years outcomes framework and accompanying guide for local leaders, commissioners and providers to identify and measure the evidence-based outcomes they are seeking to impact on. As an example, we recently published an update to our outcomes framework on the impact of harmful parental conflict.
- Do you currently use an outcomes framework for early childhood services?
- Are you currently developing one?
- What would you like to see in an EIF outcomes framework?
If you are able to share what you currently use or suggestions on what you would be looking for, please get in touch with Max Stanford, Head of Early Education and Care. We would love to hear from you.
At EIF, we are thinking hard about how we can prioritise race and ethnicity in our research on early intervention. It is clear that race and experiences of racism can have a strong impact on the outcomes of children and young people, and we want our reports and resources to reflect this reality.
As a starting point, we are looking to partner with an organisation with expertise in race and ethnicity who can critique our recent and current research, and identify missed opportunities, gaps in our work, or new areas to focus on. If you are keen and able to help shape our projects and our methods in this way, please contact EIF chief executive Dr Jo Casebourne.
Alongside this review, we are also looking for advisers and partner organisations who can provide informed input to EIF on issues relating to race and ethnicity in modern Britain in our work going forward. If you are interested in getting involved, please drop us a line with a few details about yourself or your organisation.
There is much to be learnt from the digital creativity and experimentation which is happening across public services right now. To get around the lack of face-to-face contact, schools and family support services are experimenting with ways of engaging with families, including virtual delivery of services that families would previously have received face-to-face.
In the midst of the upheaval created by short-term delivery challenges, there is a real risk that crucial messages about what really made the difference, and lessons about what didn’t work, will be missed.
To assist, EIF is offering short-term, practical support to local areas who are looking to evaluate these types of services.
What have you learned about effective ways to reduce parental conflict and improve outcomes for children?
We are collecting examples of how local areas are introducing change, adapting their strategies and changing the way they work. Now that the national Reducing Parental Conflict Programme is underway, we are interested in telling the stories of local places who are innovating, testing and learning about how to improve outcomes for children in their area by tackling damaging conflict between parents.
A selection of practice examples will be considered for sharing via our Reducing Parental Conflict Hub and Reducing Parental Conflict Commissioner Guide.
Submit your practice examples via our online form.
This form needs to be completed in one visit – we’ve listed the questions below, so that you can prepare before you start. If you would like a personalised link to the form, so that you can come and go as many times as you need to before submitting it, please email email@example.com
You may submit details about something that you have done already, or something that you have plans in place to do.
The questions in the form ask about:
- the problem you are trying to address
- how you know this is a problem
- the solution you are introducing
- whether this solution is rooted in evidence
- what steps are involved in implementing this solution
- your intended results
- how you are measuring progress against these outcomes.
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