A Better Start Southend: Programme Evaluation Partnership

The A Better Start Southend Programme Evaluation Partnership is an exciting development in the ABSS programme, and will contribute to our ambitions for young children and their families in Southend.

In March 2020, A Better Start Southend began an exciting new chapter in its progress, with the Partnership transferring programme evaluation activities to the University of Essex’s Centre for Social Work and Social Justice, at the School of Health and Social Care.

Through the new arrangement, the Centre for Social Work and Social Justice has appointed two full-time senior Research Fellows, as well as establishing the role of Principal Investigator (Professor Vasilios Ioakimidis) for the next five years.

The partnership will help create an inter-disciplinary research team in Southend focussing on formative (process) evaluation of the ABSS work, and will also allow opportunities for academics across the School of Health and Social Care faculty at the University of Essex to be involved in future evaluation projects.

For more information about the Programme Evaluation Partnership, click here, or contact: abetterstart@eyalliance.org.uk/01702 880370 or Lauren O’Connell, Research Officer, University of Essex, lauren.oconnell@essex.ac.uk

Research and findings

The impact of COVID-19 on families and services in Southend 

Early figures on COVID-related deaths suggest that individuals in areas of economic deprivation are more likely to die as a result of the virus than those in the least deprived areas. We began research in collaboration with the University of Essex into the experiences of families living within our wards during COVID-19 and subsequent government guidance.

Click here to be redirected to the COVID-19 research web page.


Get involved!

Any new research opportunities which require input from Southend families and organisations will be shared here.