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Applying evidence in practice

The world of evidence can feel disconnected from the experience of local delivery, and local stakeholders often find evidence resources hard to understand or apply in practice.

The resources in this section show how evidence is and can be used in practice, starting from the perspective of the local user. It also makes the case for embedding use of evidence in local services.

  • Report
  • 2020
  • EIF
  • new
  • key resource

Planning early childhood services in 2020: Learning from practice and research on children’s centres and family hubs

This report uses practice learning and existing evidence to explore four key questions about how children’s centres and hubs are designed and delivered: what are they for, and who are they for? What are the most effective ways of delivering children's centres and hubs, and how important are evidence-based interventions in their provision?

  • Briefing
  • 2020
  • EIF

Evidence into Practice briefing: Early cognitive development

A guide for local leaders and commissioners on applying current evidence on cognitive development to the planning and delivery of maternity and early years services.

  • Report
  • 2021
  • EIF

Evaluation of Early Years Transformation Academy

Learning from the independent evaluation of the Early Years Transformation Academy 2019/20, and what this means for policy and practice. To be published in March 2021.

  • Guide
  • 2019
  • EIF

Activities and toys that support caregiver–child interaction in the early years

A companion guide to 'Key competencies in early cognitive development', with practical examples that early years practitioners can use in their work with families.

  • Briefings
  • 2021
  • EIF

Evidence into Practice briefings

New guides for local leaders and commissioners on applying current child development evidence to the planning and delivery of maternity and early years services, for social and emotional development and behavioural development.

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