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.


‘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