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    Variation in community intervention programmes and consequences for children and families: the example of Sure Start Local Programmes

    Melhuish, E. and Belsky, Jay and Anning, A. and Ball, M. and Barnes, Jacqueline and Romaniuk, H. and Leyland, A. (2007) Variation in community intervention programmes and consequences for children and families: the example of Sure Start Local Programmes. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry 48 (6), pp. 543-551. ISSN 0021-9630.

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    Abstract

    Background: An area‐based initiative, Sure Start Local Programmes (SSLPs), was established by the UK government to reduce social exclusion through improving the well‐being of children aged 0–3 years and their families in disadvantaged communities; a true community intervention in that all children under four and their families in specified areas served as targets of universal services. A national evaluation examined the links between variation in programme implementation and effectiveness. Methods: Data gathered from multiple sources produced measures of implementation in terms of proficiency, services and staffing. Measures of programme impact on child/parenting outcomes derived from multilevel models, controlling for child, family and area characteristics, were identified to demonstrate programme effectiveness. Results: Some modest linkage between programme implementation (e.g., proficiency, empowerment of parents and staff, identification of users) and effectiveness for child and parenting outcomes. Conclusions: Overall proficiency and specific aspects of implementation may influence effectiveness, which should guide the design of other child, family and community services.

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    Item Type: Article
    School: Birkbeck Schools and Departments > School of Science > Psychological Sciences
    Depositing User: Sarah Hall
    Date Deposited: 17 Sep 2019 15:34
    Last Modified: 17 Sep 2019 15:34
    URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/29005

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