Are evidence-based programmes worth the investment?

Birmingham City Council’s Brighter Futures strategy led to unprecedented investment in evidence-based early intervention and prevention. Louise Morpeth and Michael Little explain more

PUPILS IN BIRMINGHAM WILL PROBABLY be a little happier, smarter, and less badly behaved as a result of the Brighter Futures strategy introduced by the City Council in2007. It focuses on prevention and early intervention strategies, with the aim of improving outcomes for the city’s children and young people. Currently, several programmes are being piloted and, if they prove successful, decisions will be made on whether they will be rolled out across Birmingham.

What we know
● When investment is planned, it makes sense to invest in tested and effective programmes and practices.
● Evidence-based programmes are part of the solution to many social problems, and can therefore be worth the investment.
● Programmes must be implemented with fidelity if they are to be effective.

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