Early Intervention Maturity Matrix

Publication Details

Publication date: 05 March 2014
Edited by: EIF

The Early Intervention Maturity Matrix is a system self-assessment tool for local partnerships and agencies who are putting early intervention into practice. The Matrix is used to measure progress on how well things are going across all the various activities needed to ensure that children and young people in an area receive effective help and support at the earliest opportunity.

The Matrix identifies 5 dimensions, each an important part of an integrated prevention and early intervention system for families: Planning; Leading; Delivering; Evaluation; and Family Focus. Each dimension is then divided up into key elements to help stakeholders to rate local progress, from “basic” to “mature”.

The Matrix is usually completed online by a defined key stakeholder group prior to a multi-agency workshop which uses the identified strengths and areas for development as the basis for an action plan. There are three versions of the Matrix:

  • 0-19 Maturity Matrix: The original version of the Matrix which focuses on the early intervention system for all ages of children and young people, across education, health and social care services, and was used with EIF’s 20 Pioneering Places to support the development of local area early intervention strategies.
  • EIF Early Years Maturity Matrix: A version designed  to help local areas to plan early years services from conception to age 5 that work together as a whole system.  Early years services include antenatal care, speech and language therapy, parent and infant mental health, health visiting, primary care, social care, childcare and children’s centres.  This version was developed as a result of EIF’s early years report ‘Getting It Right for Families’.   Example materials available include a summary report template to feedback the results of the survey; an example workshop agenda; and a Maturity Matrix Worksheet.
  • Preventing Gang and Youth Violence Maturity Matrix:  A version which  those leading work locally to tackle gang involvement and/or youth violence may want to ask of themselves and their wider partners as they seek to complement enforcement action with early intervention to identify and support children and young people who may be vulnerable to gang involvement.

The maturity matrix provided a very helpful stock check, and we are keen to repeat the exercise in a year’s time to see if we have managed to shift.  There was also talk of whether we might be able to incorporate findings in our JSNA”.

The Matrix has been developed using learning from experts involved in delivering prevention and early intervention, and from an understanding of effective practice in local places, in particular the Early Intervention Foundation’s 20 ‘Pioneering Places’.  It has also drawn from matrices such as those developed by the Good Governance Institute.
For more details on using EIF’s Maturity Matrix contact info@eif.org.uk.


Support for the Maturity Matrix

“The self-assessment exercise has really helped us to focus down on what our priorities should be. It has brought us together with determination to make real progress with our ambition and the guidance of the EIF has been invaluable in helping us to lift our heads from our locality and see other possibilitites.”

Michaela Howell, Programme Director, Better Start Bradford

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