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

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

Relevant Publications

Flying Start Evaluation:

Davidson (2018) Steps to Evaluation: How to set up an evaluation with external organisations. ISRCTN26468622

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

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

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.’

Maternal and child health:

Garcia R, Ali N, Guppy A, Griffiths M (2017) Differences in pregnancy gestation and birth weights in born to white British, Pakistani, Bangladeshi and Indian mothers in Luton. BMJ Open.

Garcia R, Ali N, Guppy A, Griffiths M and Randhawa G (2017) A comparison of antenatal classifications of ‘overweight’ and’ obesity’ prevalence between white British, Indian, Pakistani and Bangladeshi pregnant women in England: analysis of retrospective data. BMC Public Health. doi: 10.1186/s12889-017-4211-1.

Garcia R, Ali N, Papadopoulos C, 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 and Childbirth.

Ajaz M, Ali N & Randhawa, G (2015) UK Pakistani views on the adverse health risks associated with consanguineous marriages. Journal of Community Genetics, DOI: 10.1007/s12687-015-0214-8.

Copyright FlyingStart Luton 2016