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How Sure Start Local Programme areas changed

Jacqueline Barnes

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781861349507.003.0010
How Sure Start Local Programme areas changed

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This chapter discusses the average amount of change in SSLP areas, which is akin to looking at change in a group of children who vary in age from three of four years to late teenage years, and with different-sized families and social backgrounds, and needs to be read with that proviso in mind. It describes the method for studying change at the community level. The chapter notes that in order to determine whether any area characteristic was related to change once the initial level of the indicator and the extent of area deprivation (based on the IMD domains) had been partialled out, multiple linear regressions (using the ‘enter’ method) were calculated. It further notes that these were undertaken for those indicators which showed two characteristics: significant change over time, and change that differed from change in England. The chapter comments that one additional binary explanatory factor which might affect community change – whether the programme was health led – was added to the regression analyses.

Keywords: SSLP areas; children; studying change; community level; IMD domains; multiple linear regressions; enter method; binary explanatory factor; regression analyses

Chapter.  7692 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Marriage and the Family

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