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The Evidence Quarter

Early Intervention Foundation

Championing and supporting the use of effective early intervention to improve the lives of children and young people at risk of experiencing poor outcomes

Early intervention means identifying and providing effective early support to children and young people who are at risk of poor outcomes.

Effective early intervention works to prevent problems occurring, or to tackle them head-on when they do, before problems get worse. It also helps to foster a whole set of personal strengths and skills that prepare a child for adult life.

EIF is a research charity, focused on promoting and enabling an evidence-based approach to early intervention. We bridge the gap between scientists and researchers, on the one hand, and policymakers, commissioners and service managers – whose decisions can have such a significant impact on the lives of children and families – on the other.

Our work focuses on the developmental issues that can arise during a child’s life, from birth to the age of 18, including their physical, cognitive, behavioural and social and emotional development.

  • We make the case for effective early intervention, to ensure it is prioritised and invested in at both the national and local level.
  • We conduct research, bringing together and synthesising the evidence from scientific studies, tests and evaluations of early intervention programmes and practices, and the expertise and experiences of people working in early intervention.
  • We publish our findings, conclusions and recommendations from our research, and produce resources to translate this research into practical guidance and tools.
  • We work with government and all levels of the early intervention sector to ensure this evidence is used in decisions about how early intervention is supported and implemented, from national policy to frontline practice.