What works? Family Hub Innovation Fund: Findings to Date

Thursday 9 February 2023

About this webinar

The Department for Education (DfE) have commissioned Sheffield Hallam University and the Ecorys partnership to deliver a programme of research for the Family Hubs Evaluation Innovation Fund. The evaluations are working with six local authorities (LAs) across England, each with a different family hub model and stage of maturity.

The evaluation aims to assess implementation and processes, outcomes and impacts, and the economic benefits and, where sufficient data exists,  to:

  • Provide an overall assessment of the five family hub models, including service effectiveness, outcomes, impact, and value for money.
  • Establish systems for tracking family outcomes and service trajectories longitudinally, accounting for a wide range of contextual and implementation factors.
  • Determine the added value of the hub approaches over and above pre-existing models, and to understand what works, for whom, how, and why.
  • Document the lived experiences of children and families as they interact with services, including families with multiple and complex needs; and to gain a deep understanding of the relationships between participation and co-production, and service effectiveness and outcomes.
  • Build local capacity for self-evaluation and develop replicable toolkits and training for wider adoption by hubs country wide.

This learning event will share emerging findings from the evaluation to date and plans for the next wave of data collection.


  • Laurie Day, Director Policy & Research, Ecorys
  • Valdeep Gill, Senior Research Manager, Policy and Research, Ecorys
Who is this event suitable for

Those leading the development of family hubs, or interested in developing family hubs, from across local authority, health, education, early years and VCS.

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9th February 2023
  • Online – live via Zoom (Joining instructions will be sent to the email address you booked on with at least one working day before the event)
  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • 10:00-11:30 (UK Time)



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