A Better Start Southend

Formative Evaluation: University of Essex

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. The Partnership brought the University of Essex’s Division of Social Work and Social Justice at the School of Health and Social Care on board to support ABSS with the evaluation of the effectiveness of the ABSS programme.

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Summative Evaluation: RSM UK

The impact of the A Better Start Southend programme

ABSS has appointed RSM UK Consulting LLP to independently evaluate the impact of the A Better Start Southend programme.

The independent Summative Evaluation of ABSS will identify the impact that the ABSS programme as a whole has had for children and families in Southend. RSM will conduct research at three crucial points over the next four years – 2021, 2022/23 and 2024 – collecting and evaluating evidence on ABSS Programme-wide outcomes, along with our academic partner, the University of Essex.

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Our research

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.

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Get involved!

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

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