Is Sure Start an Effective Preventive Intervention?


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Abstract

BackgroundSure Start was established with the aim of eliminating child poverty and social exclusion.MethodThe findings from the reports of the National Evaluation of Sure Start Team, published in November 2005, are reviewed and critiqued.ResultsThe family and child functioning after 3 years of Sure Start, as compared with Sure Start-to-be areas, showed very few significant differences, with some indication of adverse effects in the most disadvantaged families.ConclusionsThese findings are discussed in relation to their service, research and policy implications–with the conclusion that the research evaluation was well conducted, but the findings are inconclusive. There are lessons on how to improve Sure Start and what should have been done differently.

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