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New guides published to support the drive for better evaluation of early intervention.

The Early Intervention Foundation (EIF) has launched two major new guides on early intervention evaluation principles and practice.

The first guide ’10 steps for evaluation success’ maps out the evaluation journey for an early intervention programme, from theory of change through to scalability, explaining why each step is important, and how they build to support a growing evidence base for a programme's theory, effectiveness and implementation.

The second guide sets out six principles for evaluating early help, looking at early intervention in a more complex situation: a local early help system, which involves many services and agencies working together with families, and where identifying who exactly is responsible for improving outcomes can be challenging.

The EIF said ‘Evaluating early intervention programmes and systems is essential to build our collective knowledge of what works, especially in the UK context, and to ensure that future decisions about commissioning and design are well informed and more likely to make a positive change in people's lives.’

The guides can be found here:

10 steps for evaluation success

Evaluating early help