How will we know we are making a difference?

Flying Start is a 10 year strategy that is working to understand how our services over time are making a difference to children’s lives.

Flying Start closely monitors the impact of our services, using performance data, tracking data and evaluations of the interventions we have invested in. We listen to parent’s views of their experiences and ideas and have a range of case studies which provide qualitative information on how our service is making a difference.

Flying Start is also working with the University of Bedfordshire and has jointly funded a Senior Research post to allow us to gather evidence of the impact of Flying Start over time in three specific services. These are

  • Sign 4 Little Talkers
  • Henry
  • Incredible Years  Preschool programme ®

Flying Start Senior Research Fellow– Dr Rosemary Davidson rosemary.davidson@beds.ac.uk

Flying Start is also funding a PHD student who is examining the role of fathers within a child’s life and the impact good fathering has on improving a child’s ability to be life ready.

Flying Start PHD Student– Louisa Donald  louisa.donald@study.beds.ac.uk

Relevant Publications

Flying Start Evaluation:

Davidson (2018) Steps to Evaluation: How to set up an evaluation with external organisations. ISRCTN26468622 https://doi.org/10.1186/ISRCTN26468622

Davidson (2018) Improving speech, language and communication in pre-school children: implementation and effectiveness of the Sign 4 Programme, Luton, UK ISRCTN42025531 https://doi.org/10.1186/ISRCTN42025531

Davidson (2018) Sign 4: Little Talkers: ‘Improving speech, language and communication in pre-school children: implementation and effectiveness of the Sign 4 Programme, Luton, UK. https://doi.org/10.1186/ISRCTN42025531

Davidson (2018) HENRY: ‘Reducing obesity in pre-school children: Implementation and Effectiveness of the HENRY Programme, Luton, UK.’ https://doi.org/10.1186/ISRCTN62454430

Davidson (2018) Incredible Years: ‘Reduction and prevention of aggression and behavioural problems in disadvantaged pre-school children: Implementation and effectiveness of the Incredible Years Programme, Luton, UK.’  https://doi.org/10.1186/ISRCTN14311503

Maternal and child health:

Garcia, R. L., Ali, N., Papadopoulos, C. and Randhawa, G. (2015) ‘Specific antenatal interventions for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) pregnant women at high risk of poor birth outcomes in the United Kingdom: A scoping review’, BMC Pregnancy & Childbirth. doi: 10.1186/s12884-015-0657-2.

https://bmcpregnancychildbirth.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12884-015-0657-2

Garcia, R., Ali, N., Guppy, A., Griffiths, M. and Randhawa, G. (2016) ‘A comparison of antenatal classifications of “overweight” and “obesity” prevalence between white British, Indian, Pakistani and Bangladeshi pregnant women in England. An analysis of retrospective data’, BMC Public Health. BMC Public Health, pp. 1–7. doi: 10.1186/s12889-017-4211-1.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5387224/

Garcia, R., Ali, N., Guppy, A., Griffiths, M. and Randhawa, G. (2017) ‘Differences in the pregnancy gestation period and mean birth weights in infants born to Indian, Pakistani, Bangladeshi and white British mothers in Luton, UK: a retrospective analysis of routinely collected data’, BMJ Open, 7(8), p. e017139. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2017-017139.

http://bmjopen.bmj.com/content/7/8/e017139

Garcia, R. L., Ali, N., Griffiths, M. and Randhawa, G. (in press) ‘Understanding the consumption of folic acid during preconception, among Pakistani, Bangladeshi and White British mothers in Luton, UK: A qualitative study.’, BMC Pregnancy & Childbirth. DOI: 10.1186/s12884-018-1884-0

https://bmcpregnancychildbirth.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12884-018-1884-0

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