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Tools to support local planning

EIF has developed a suite of tools to support local areas in their planning processes for maternity and early years systems. These tools will guide areas to assess and understand where they currently are, and move forward to plan for the future, implementing evidence-based interventions and improving outcomes for children.

  • Tool
  • 2020
  • EIF
  • new
  • key resource

EIF maturity matrix: Maternity and early years

The maturity matrix is designed to support a system-wide approach to improving outcomes for children in the early years. It is a self assessment tool which can be used to support planning, set a baseline and track progress over time.

  • Tool
  • 2020
  • EIF
  • new

Preview the Readiness for Change tool

This tool supports local areas to assess how ready they are to implement change, taking account of evidence, the local context, and the local plan for change. It is currently being tested by local areas, and will be available soon.

  • Tool
  • 2020
  • EIF
  • new

Preview the Intervention Systems Mapping tool

Intervention systems mapping supports local areas to review the effectiveness of local interventions and pathways. It is currently being tested by local areas, and will be available soon.

  • Tool
  • 2021
  • EIF

EIF outcomes framework: Maternity and early years

The EIF outcomes framework will guide local leaders and commissioners on how to apply an evidence-informed outcomes framework to the planning, delivery and evaluation of maternity and early years services.

  • Tool
  • 2020
  • PHE
  • new

Best Start in Speech, Language and Communication

Guidance from Public Health England to support local areas to develop a local integrated pathway and implement a system-wide approach to support speech, language & communication in the early years

  • Video
  • 2020
  • EIF

Developing a good theory of change

This short video introduces our 10 steps to evaluation success, and answers a set of questions about a theory of change: what it is, why it matters, and how to use scientific findings to test the assumptions about how an intervention is designed to work.

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