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Providing a Sure StartHow government discovered early childhood$
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Naomi Eisenstadt

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9781847427304

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847427304.001.0001

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How will we know it works?

How will we know it works?

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Providing a Sure Start

Naomi Eisenstadt

Policy Press

This chapter will describe the way in which the evaluation of Sure Start was set up, and some of the key controversies surrounding the evaluation. Given the size of the evaluation, and the likely attention such an evaluation would get in the research community, it is not surprising that deciding who would do it and, more importantly, how it would be designed proved enormously difficult. There was political conflict, personality conflicts, and deeply held scientific arguments about the evaluation of Sure Start. Indeed, Sir Michael Rutter, one of Britain's most esteemed scientists, believed that the way in which the programme was set up made it impossible to evaluate, and that the 'undermining of the evaluation was political and deliberate'. The key debate was in two parts — the design of the programme itself and the design of the evaluation.

Keywords:   Sure Start, evaluation, Sir Michael Rutter, design, key controversies

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