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How to use a maturity matrix


5 Mar 2014

Our set of system self-assessment tools are for local partnerships and agencies who are putting early intervention into practice.

Guidance notes


Response template


Example workshop agenda



The matrix is used to measure progress on how well things are going across all the various activities needed to ensure that children and young people in an area receive effective help and support at the earliest opportunity.

It identifies five dimensions, each of which is an important part of an integrated prevention and early intervention system for families:

  1. planning
  2. leading
  3. delivering 
  4. evaluation
  5. family focus.

Each dimension is then divided up into key elements to help stakeholders to rate local progress on a scale from “basic” to “mature”.

The matrix is usually completed online by a defined key stakeholder group prior to a multi-agency workshop, which uses the identified strengths and areas for development as the basis for creating an action plan. 

The matrix was developed using learning from experts involved in delivering prevention and early intervention, and from an understanding of effective practice in local places, in particular EIF’s 20 ‘Pioneering Places’. It also draws from matrices such as those developed by the Good Governance Institute.

There are multiple variations of the EIF maturity matrix, focusing on different issues, ages or other groups.