Variation in Sure Start Local Programmes: consequences for children and families

Edward Melhuish, Jay Belsky, Angela Anning and Mog Ball

in The National Evaluation of Sure Start

Published by Policy Press

Published in print November 2007 | ISBN: 9781861349507
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447303909 | DOI:
Variation in Sure Start Local Programmes: consequences for children and families

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This chapter elucidates the features of programmes undertaken in the evaluation of variation in Early Head Start implementation that may account for variation in impact on children and families (Love et al, 2005). It attempts to achieve similar goals as part of the National Evaluation of Sure Start (NESS) Impact Study. The chapter notes that evaluation studies regard the fidelity of implementation to the model of intervention as central to a programme's success. It adds that criteria for fidelity typically include programmatic structure, the framework for service delivery, and the ways services are delivered. The chapter explains that using such criteria can facilitate the replication of an intervention over and over again, and with highly specified interventions; fidelity is a cornerstone of the study of programme variation.

Keywords: programmes; impact on children; evaluation of variation; Early Head Start; NESS Impact Study; fidelity of implementation; model of intervention; fidelity

Chapter.  6301 words. 

Subjects: Marriage and the Family

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