One of the key goals of EIF is to provide practical advice on how to implement Early Intervention, to guide local areas on putting the learning from evidence into practice. Some initial tools and resources are available here, but much of our advice is still being developed. EIF currently have work underway on developing an Early Intervention strategy, assessing need for Early Intervention in local populations, measuring the impact of Early Intervention activity in a place, integrating early years services and Early Intervention to tackle crime, gangs and youth violence. The EIF’s national offer of events, Master classes and publications will allow the latest advice on how to implement Early Intervention effectively in a local area to be available to a wide audience.
How to consider innovative finance approaches for Early Intervention
Implementing Early Intervention programmes locally requires investment of resource. In the current challenging financial context, exploring innovative methods of achieving this is an important element of considering how best to support and deliver Early Intervention. In this section you can find work to date from EIF's workstream on Innovative Finance, looking at ways that local commissioners might be able to find and make use of new and different sources of investment in Early Intervention, and the pros and cons of different approaches. So far, we have focussed mostly on Social Impact Bonds; we will be considering a wider range of types of investment as the work progresses, expanding the tools and resources available in this section.
How to enhance a business case for Early Intervention services
This set of tools and resources is designed to help local commissioners make the economic case for early intervention services. Setting budgets inevitably requires difficult choices, such as how to accommodate growing expenditure on statutory and acute services within a tighter budget, while still investing in early years and early intervention provision. Hence, while the potential for benefits from early intervention is clear, securing the investment needed to deliver it requires a strong business case.
These documents provide a starting point to enable commissioners to take advantage of growing evidence and data on early intervention in order to make that investment possible. They set out the key principles of business cases along with some examples from the EIF’s Pioneering Places; provide evidence and resources on the potential benefits and cost savings that might arise from effective early intervention; and provide quality assurance guidance help commissioners ensure their business cases are as robust as possible.
How to improve strategies and commissioning
Early Intervention programmes need to be planned, commissioned and delivered as part of a strategic approach to addressing priority needs, opportunities and challenges locally. In this section you can find tools and resources that EIF has produced to support local commissioners and decision-makers in developing robust strategies for Early Intervention, and delivering commissioning processes that help put these strategies into practice.