What is in the Programmes Library

The Programmes Library houses the details of a broad range of early intervention programmes with potential for improving child and family outcomes based on the assessments of clearinghouses. Currently, the library includes:

  • A broad range of evidence-based programmes for children and families
  • Interventions representing all age groups (from conception to early adulthood) and all levels of need (from Universal to Targeted)
  • An assessment of the quality of a programme’s evidence gained from the reviews and judgments of expert clearing houses from around the world
  • Ideas that can be used develop similar interventions and practices within local authority services.


Each library entry provides details about each programme’s:

  • Target population (including the child’s age and the family’s level of need)
  • Theoretical basis, including its theory of change
  • Content and methods for delivering it
  • Training and implementation requirements
  • The strength of its evidence against nine key outcomes important for children’s development.


First 50

As a starting point, the Library includes 50 programmes that have been successfully implemented in the UK. These programmes were chosen from 15 authoritative clearing houses that use rigorous methods to assess programme effectiveness against internationally recognised standards of evidence. The EIF has not attempted to revalidate the existing ratings, but instead have summarised their findings through the lens of the EIF Standards of Evidence.


Adding to the Programmes Library

The Programmes Library will continue to evolve and grow over time as we learn more about new programmes.  Programmes will be identified through a variety of processes, including the EIF ‘What Works’ reviews that identify effective interventions through comprehensive literature searches. Over the coming year, programmes whose evidence was rated at levels 3 and 4 by EIF in "Foundations for Life" will be added to the Programme Library. Further additions will be set out in due course.

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