A Better Start – Comparison of profile data with national

An event in our Michaelmas Term 2018 colloquia series. 

A Better Start (ABS) is an area-based programme that is aimed at improving early preventive services for pregnant women and parents of children under the age of three. The aim of ABS is to improve the socio-emotional development, language and learning, and diet and nutrition of children experiencing sociodemographic deprivation. To this end, between 2015-2025 an investment of £215 million was made across five disadvantaged local area partnerships within Bradford, Blackpool, Lambeth, Nottingham and Southend-on-Sea.  These areas were chosen for their innovative and forward-thinking approach to improving services for young children. 

The national evaluation of ABS involves a difference in difference design in which outcomes in the 5 intervention areas will be compared with those of 15 matched counterfactual sites. This paper describes the baseline data collection across the three outcome domains in terms of a) comparability across the intervention and comparison sites; b) comparability with national population measures.

Event followed by coffee in the Common Room.