Our Work With Local Places

EIF works with local partners across the public, private and voluntary sectors to extend the reach and impact of effective early intervention approaches.

Between September 2013 and March 2015 EIF worked closely with 20 ‘pioneering early intervention places’ across England. These areas were selected on the basis of the strength of commitment to early intervention among the local partnership and their interest in working with EIF. We are continuing to work with some of these areas and also have some new local partners.

Our work in local areas means that we understand the challenges of trying to deliver early intervention in a difficult financial climate, and are up to date with current innovation and ideas about delivering early intervention that exceed what is found in published evidence.

We have supported each of our 20 places in different ways; providing advice specific to the local context, access to the latest evidence and/or potentially effective practice, and opportunities to share experiences with areas facing similar challenges. We have also worked with the areas who were shortlisted for the Big Lottery Fund ‘A Better Start’, but did not receive funding.

This work has enabled EIF to develop a range of tools and resources which have been designed to meet the specific issues that local places and services are facing, and which have been tested in a range of local contexts.

Examples include:

  • A benchmarking tool which gives local authorities a more accurate assessment of how well they are delivering key outcomes, which is part of their broader assessment of local needs. This helps them to prioritise their key outcomes where early intervention is needed.
  • Early Intervention Maturity Matrices – a self-assessment tool for local agencies to assess the quality of their early intervention delivery (one for all early intervention activity and others specifically relating to areas of support, such as early years services from conception to age 5);
  • A workshop to help develop a local area’s ‘theory of change’, which is a methodology used to support planning and use of evidence;
  • A methodology for calculating spending on late intervention by local agencies or individual local authorities, which is then used to inform local strategy and expenditure decisions.

Below are a selection of the places we worked with and the impact that EIF has had:



Croydon Council and its partners have a history of innovating to develop new models of delivering early intervention. They also have some challenges relating to the high levels of need in their local population…

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Nottingham has a long history of commitment to early intervention and in 2008 it launched as an ‘Early Intervention City’ with a 20 year mission to develop services to improve the social and emotional…

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Blackpool is an area facing considerable challenges. It is the sixth most deprived local authority in England with some of the lowest levels of life expectancy and highest rates of children in care…

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Lancashire Police

Lancashire constabulary and the Police and Crime Commissioner have been leading a programme of work since 2012 to drive change across public services in Lancashire and shift to have a greater focus on early…

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The vision of Worcestershire Children’s Services is to enable children, young people and families to achieve their potential in a safe environment so that they can lead successful lives. This is achieved by ensuring that…

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Early intervention for children, young people and families in Solihull is led by the Early Help Board on behalf of the Children’s Trust. The local vision is to make Solihull an ‘early help place’ by helping families…

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Cheshire West & Chester

Cheshire West & Chester have been developing a ‘whole system’ approach to early intervention since 2013. This Integrated Early Support (IES) model aims to help agencies identify which children, families and…

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EIF worked with ‘Flying Start’ Luton between October 2014 and July 2015 as part of a Public Health England contract to support the ten Big Lottery ‘A Better Start’ shortlisted applicants who were not funded to sustain…

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Essex’s early intervention work is based around identifying risks and vulnerabilities early, and investing in evidence based interventions that can be provided at the right time to better support long term…

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EIF worked with Haringey between October 2014 – July 2015 as part of a Public Health England contract to support the 10 Big Lottery A Better Start shortlisted applicants who were not funded to sustain their…

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EIF worked with Sheffield between April 2014 – July 2015 as part of a Public Health England contract to support the 10 Big Lottery A Better Start shortlisted applicants who were not funded to sustain their…

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