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

Journal Article


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 0-3years 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. Conclusion: Overall proficiency and specific aspects of implementation may influence effectiveness, which should guide the design of other child, family and community services. �� 2007 The Authors Journal compilation �� 2007 Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health.

Publication Date


  • 2007

Citation


  • Melhuish, E., Belsky, J., Anning, A., Ball, M., Barnes, J., Romaniuk, H., & 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 and Allied Disciplines, 48(6), 543-551. doi:10.1111/j.1469-7610.2007.01705.x

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-34250215660

Web Of Science Accession Number


Start Page


  • 543

End Page


  • 551

Volume


  • 48

Issue


  • 6

Place Of Publication


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 0-3years 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. Conclusion: Overall proficiency and specific aspects of implementation may influence effectiveness, which should guide the design of other child, family and community services. �� 2007 The Authors Journal compilation �� 2007 Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health.

Publication Date


  • 2007

Citation


  • Melhuish, E., Belsky, J., Anning, A., Ball, M., Barnes, J., Romaniuk, H., & 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 and Allied Disciplines, 48(6), 543-551. doi:10.1111/j.1469-7610.2007.01705.x

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-34250215660

Web Of Science Accession Number


Start Page


  • 543

End Page


  • 551

Volume


  • 48

Issue


  • 6

Place Of Publication