LEAP has two main aims for our evaluation:
To demonstrate the achievements of our individual services in improving early childhood development.
To show how our portfolio of services and ways of working complement and work in combination with one another to make an even greater difference for children and families.
We are therefore interested in both the effectiveness of our individual services and LEAP’s overall effectiveness as a collective impact initiative comprised of multiple services working to give local children a better start.
New Philanthropy Capital (NPC) were commissioned to undertake a rapid evidence review in early 2020 to inform LEAP’s next five years, with a focus on reducing inequalities in the early years.
Authors, Ivana La Valle and Naomi Jones, and our Evaluation and Research Manager, Jill Roberts, shared the latest evidence of 'what works' for reducing inequalities at a webinar.
Watch the webinar in full, and download the slides and the full review.
To lay the foundations for achieving the evaluation aims, we are refreshing our programme-level theory of change and developing a programme-level Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) framework.
This will outline what we need to monitor and evaluate to demonstrate LEAP’s collective impact and will include a set of shared outcomes across our services.
We are also refreshing service-level theories of change and developing service-level MEL frameworks.
For each service, we will routinely collect six main types of data:
Inputs - the financial, human and material resources used in planning and delivery.
User data - the characteristics and demographics of the people accessing our services.
Feedback data - what participants think of our services.
Engagement data - how many people engage with our services and how often.
Outcomes data - these are the shorter-term changes we want to achieve.
Impact data - this refers to the longer-term changes we want to achieve.
Data will typically be collected from participants at the beginning and end of our services.
Beyond this routine monitoring, we will also work with an Academic-Practice Partnership and other external evaluators to carry out a series of formative and summative evaluations.
Our evaluation work will be supported by LEAP’s Integrated Data Platform. This single platform - once launched early next year - will receive and combine data from all LEAP services, match individual beneficiaries across the services, and make available pseudonymised data to enable monitoring and evaluation.
More information on our Integrated Data Platform is available in the Data Platform outline document below.
A rapid evidence review to inform LEAP’s final five years
An update about our upcoming Integrated Data Platform.
Consideration of pre-ITT consultation responses (summary)
LEAP’s guide to help local services refresh their theories of change
The impact of the Covid-19 crisis on children, families and inequalities in early childhood development (ECD)
The ‘Big Little Moments’ campaign set out to promote parenting behaviours to support good early child development in children up to 4.
It aimed to build parents and carers’ understanding of the benefits of such behaviours, and to encourage the behaviours to be adopted.
Ecorys – an independent research company – evaluated Big Little Moments to measure changes to parents and carers’: awareness; knowledge; understanding, attitude; and behaviours.
Watch their presentation, and read the full reports below.