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Will the lessons be learned?: Reflections on local authority evaluations and the use of research evidence

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Jill ClarkORCiD, Dr Elaine Hall



Sure Start programmes are complex, community-based initiatives – fore-runners of the Children’s Centres Initiative - which have been evaluated nationally and locally. Using an in-depth, retrospective case study of an evaluation of one local programme, the authors raise key issues pertinent to both practice and evaluation in the field, highlighting conflicts and dilemmas both within evaluation generally and, specifically relating to the evaluation of this programme. We illustrate the difficulties placed upon local evaluators by the lack of clear structures within which to work, and provide useful lessons as we move forward into the development and evaluations of new services for children and families.

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Author(s): Clark J, Hall E

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Evidence and Policy

Year: 2008

Volume: 4

Issue: 2

Pages: 255-268

Date deposited: 10/03/2009

ISSN (print): 1744-2648

ISSN (electronic): 1744-2656

Publisher: Policy Press


DOI: 10.1332/174426408784614608


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