The impact of social science on the Sure Start initiative
8 May 2012
The UK Government established Sure Start in 1999 to provide integrated early years services targeted primarily on disadvantaged groups. One of its main architects was Norman Glass of HM Treasury who described it as "an outstanding example of evidence-based policy."
Social science - underpinned by ESRC support - played a major role in establishing and delivering Sure Start, through the active participation of leading researchers in discussions about the policy implications of research findings, and subsequently through the work of the National Evaluation of Sure Start (NESS) and the Effective Provision of Pre-School Education programme (EPPE).