Predicting the future: The challenges of evaluating preventative impact

As an early intervention initiative, our work is predicated on the assumption that doing something in the present has an impact on the future. But how do you go about ‘proving’ something that hasn’t happened yet? Here we explain how we seek to evidence the preventative impact of our programme. Read more

Innovating our methodology – our reflections based on our Year 3 interim evaluation results

In 2020 we commissioned a four-year external partner (UCL) to help us understand our impacts, having reflected on the first three years of data, they have introduced a new methodology this year to provide a more meaningful benchmark. Here, we reflect on the findings so far. Read more

A holistic approach to Children's Mental Health

To mark Place2Be’s Children’s Mental Health Week, we share how our model prioritises the emotional wellbeing of young people on our programme so that they can thrive. We explain how our Link Workers continue to play a pivotal role in providing personalised support. Read more

A response to rising absenteeism

We welcome the spotlight that has been shone on absenteeism from the two main parties and encourage both the Government and Opposition to work collaboratively with the third sector to better understand the drivers of this issue. Read how our model recognises the importance of seeing attendance in a holistic way. Read more

‘Closing the Gap’ a holistic approach to building preventative methods to tackle child poverty

We had the opportunity last Spring to contribute to the New Philanthropy Capital's report: Closing the Gap, Building better child poverty prevention systems. The report calls for a new holistic approach to tackling child poverty and aligns closely to our model. Read more

Connecting communities – our expansion into Chelsea

Last year, we expanded our Zone to include schools in South Kensington and Chelsea. We have also been developing a strong network of support in the area. Learn what this means for our growing community. Read more

Enjoying the summer with West London Zone

This summer, we had a packed schedule with children and families on our programme, from Community Fun Days, trips to London landmarks, campaign afternoons and team socials. As we look forward to a new academic year, here is a round-up of some of the memories that were made. Read more

Developing our evaluation process to support a higher standard of evidence

In understanding the best methodology to quantify our impact, there are many factors to consider. Here, we get to grips with the challenges that come with defining a meaningful comparison group and what that means for our evaluation. Read more

Miquita Oliver inspires pupils with the power of skipping and physical fitness

This Summer term, we had the opportunity to host renowned television presenter, entrepreneur and fellow West Londoner, Miquita Oliver to our partner school, St Mary’s primary school for an inspirational assembly on the power of skipping and sport. Read more

The benefits of qualitative methods

Measuring the impact in a social context can be extremely difficult. Here, we explore the value of our mixed-method approach so that we can better understand different aspects of our programme Read more

Our early years qualitative developmental evaluation with The Centre for Education and Youth

Monitoring and evaluation is at the core of what we do. Here, we discuss our partnership with The Centre for Education and Youth and how qualitative, developmental evaluation can provide rich insights into the impact of our work with early years children and families. Read more