Periodically, EIF updates existing Guidebook entries to ensure that the information is current and that our evidence ratings incorporate all newly published and relevant evidence.
Typically, a programme will be selected for this kind of evidence update (which we sometimes refer to as "maintenance") on the basis of EIF having identified impact studies which have been published since EIF’s last review of the programme. As with other assessment activity, EIF does not conduct evidence updates on a one-off or on-request basis, and this maintenance work will take place during planned periods of time dedicated to updating the EIF Guidebook, which we currently anticipate will occur every 12–24 months.
During an evidence update, the standard programme assessment process is run for the new study only, and a decision will be taken as to whether the new study affects the outcome of the initial programme assessment process. It is possible that a programme’s evidence rating will change on the basis of this new evidence: it may go up or down, depending on the quality and findings of the new study. We may also add to the list of child outcomes which a programme has been shown to achieve.
You may notify EIF of a newly published study and express your interest in an evidence update at [email protected]. However, expressing interest is no guarantee that EIF will be able to update your programme’s assessment in the short term, nor that EIF will prioritise updating your programme over other programmes when evidence update activity takes place.