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Troubled Families programme – little impact

The NIESR’s analysis forms part of the wider evaluation of the Troubled Families Programme. It was commissioned by the DCLG from a consortium led by Ecorys. They have found that across a wide range of outcomes, covering the key objectives of the Troubled Families Programme - employment, benefit receipt, school attendance, safeguarding and child welfare – they were unable to find consistent evidence that the programme had any significant or systematic impact.

 The vast majority of impact estimates were statistically insignificant, with a very small number of positive or negative results. These results are consistent with those found by the separate and independent impact analysis using survey data, also published today, which also found no significant or systemic impact on outcomes related to employment, job seeking, school attendance, or anti-social behaviour.  

See the full report here