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About the 'You and Your Child' study

The ‘You and Your Child’ study is an important research survey being carried out over the next ten years to provide important information about services for children and their families in your local area. The study is being funded by the Big Lottery Fund, with the aim of finding out if different ways of providing services for children and families can help to improve children’s life chances.

The Big Lottery Fund is investing £215m in services for children and their parents in five selected local authority areas across England. It hopes that this will help to improve children’s health and wellbeing. More information can be found at: www.biglotteryfund.org.uk/betterstart.

The Big Lottery Fund has commissioned a team of researchers called the Warwick Consortium, led by the University of Warwick, to evaluate whether the services that are running for children and their families in these five selected areas are effective in improving children’s life chances. The researchers will carry out the You and Your Child study to find out how well the services are doing. The study is designed to by compare how well children and families are doing in areas receiving the funding from the Big Lottery Fund, with children and families living in areas which are not receiving this funding. The research organisation, Ipsos MORI, will be carrying out the surveys for and on behalf of the Big Lottery Fund.

Baseline Survey   Pilot Study

In the first part of the study we will be speaking to parents and their children to understand what the service provision is like for families before the funding starts. This is called a baseline survey and will take place in early 2016. This part of the study involves just one survey.

 

 

In the second part of the study we will be talking to new parents over the next few years to understand what the service provision is like after the funding has started. This is called a cohort survey. It will start in 2016 with a pilot study, before the main cohort survey begins in 2017.