Case Studies

We are developing a number of case studies to showcase our work with practitioners and to highlight the importance of good quality monitoring, evaluation and training in the early years.

The Oldham REAL Beginnings Project

Kimberley Bell, Stephanie Hargreaves and Anna Theakston, University of Manchester

Oldham Council, the National Children’s Bureau (NCB) and Bridgewater Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust worked in collaboration to deliver the Oldham 0-2 REAL Beginnings project. LuCiD researchers evaluated the effect of the programme on children’s development and parents’ and practitioners’ confidence in supporting them. This case study details the 0-2 REAL Beginnings project.

The Sefton Project

Lauren Kidd and Caroline Rowland, University of Liverpool

Sefton Local Authority School Readiness Team enlisted researchers from the ESRC LuCiD Centre to test the effectiveness of their language and communicative development training of early years practitioners. This case study details the project and highlights the importance of evaluating early years training and interventions.

Story Starters

Julian Pine, Claire Noble and Caroline Rowland
University of Liverpool

LuCiD has joined forces with reading charities, Beanstalk and Dolly Parton's Imagination Library UK  to develop a joint book reading intervention and test its effectiveness in increasing the language skills of disadvantaged 3 and 4 year olds. This case study outlines the project and emphasises that to develop evidence-based interventions that are effective in the real world, we need to think about the likely effects of an intervention and how to measure these from the outset.