Sure Start Local Programmes: an outsider's perspective

Michael Rutter

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:
Sure Start Local Programmes: an outsider's perspective

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This chapter examines the need for a new initiative, the evidence for this, the content of the provision, the design of the programme, and the research evaluation and design, and concludes with an overview. It brings out positive elements of the initiative, as well as making critical comments. The chapter also focuses on effects on child and family functioning rather than on the longer-term and more indirect effects on child poverty. It questions whether the government has learnt any lessons from the experience of the implementation and evaluation of SSLPs.

Keywords: new initiative; evidence; provision; programme design; research evaluation; family functioning; child poverty; government; SSLPs

Chapter.  5391 words. 

Subjects: Marriage and the Family

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