source:Since Autumn 2019, Collaborate and NPC have been working as learning and evaluation partners to… | by Collaborate CIC | May, 2021 | Collaborate
Since Autumn 2019, Collaborate and NPC have been working as learning and evaluation partners to Save the Children’s Early Learning Communities. Our partnership combines Collaborate’s system change knowledge with NPC’s evaluation expertise to develop practice in the emerging field of systems change evaluation.
The Early Learning Communities (ELC) programme aims to make a sustainable difference to the lives of children in four places (Bettws, Feltham, Margate and Sheffield) through a multi-sectoral, multi-agency approach. The programme seeks to better align and connect local activities to identify how to improve the performance of local systems to achieve better early years childhood development outcomes.It also aims to share learning about what is most effective in creating systems change. Since 2018, the ELCs have been bringing together local partners and stakeholders, listening to families, building relationships and collaboratively developing theories of change and local strategies. More recently, they’ve started to test new ways of working, both in terms of direct interventions with children and families, and helping partners work together. Crucially, the work done by the ELCs helped their local systems mobilise effectively in response to the pandemic, enabling them to provide the necessary support for the families in their area.
Evaluating systemic change is difficult for various reasons…